Suspect in car theft dead after standoff with police

Man reportedly threatened passersby and shot at police

Ryan Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/8/21

The suspect in an armed car theft was killed in a standoff with Arvada Police on June 2 near 81st Lane and Garland Street. The man allegedly stole a black GMC Yukon LX from a shopper at the Target …

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Suspect in car theft dead after standoff with police

Man reportedly threatened passersby and shot at police

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The suspect in an armed car theft was killed in a standoff with Arvada Police on June 2 near 81st Lane and Garland Street. Eugene Milo Matthews -- who has “a history of burglary and drug posession,” according to Arvada Police Public Relations Officer Dave Snelling -- allegedly stole a black GMC Yukon LX from a shopper at the Target located at 7899 Wadsworth Boulevard at roughly 8:35 a.m.
 
Matthews– who was on parole and arrived at the Target in a stolen vehicle – confronted a woman who was in her vehicle after loading groceries, pointing a gun at her and asking her to open her car door. The woman was able to flee the scene.
 
After the first confrontation, Matthews held another shopper at gunpoint, stealing the victim’s keys, phone and vehicle; the GMC Yukon. He then left the Target parking lot and drove northbound on Pomona Drive.
 
Matthews then drove into the area of 81st Place and Garland before striking a fire hydrant and driving through church property, immobilizing the vehicle. He was then confronted by the owner of a neighboring home-based daycare, whom he also threatened with his firearm. The daycare owner was not injured in the confrontation and fled back into their garage.
 
Roughly 10 Arvada Police Officers arrived on the scene at 8:55 a.m., engaging in a standoff with the suspect near where the car hit the fire hydrant. The suspect fired at least one shot at the responding officers, but no Arvada Police personnel were struck by gunfire.
 
The officers returned fire at the suspect. He was declared dead at the scene. A handgun was recovered inside the stolen GMC Yukon. No other injuries were reported.
 
The Arvada Police Department says the investigation is still ongoing.
 
“We are incredibly grateful that no one was hurt,” Snelling said. “In particular since the suspect pointed a gun at two community members.”

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