Deputy has surgery, trooper treated, suspect dead after gunfight
DENVER (AP) ” A sheriff’s deputy underwent surgery Friday for wounds he suffered in a gunfight that left a suspect dead, authorities said.
A state trooper was hospitalized for a gunshot wound from the same fight. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said both officers were in fair condition.
The suspect, whose name had not been released, fought with officers at a DUI checkpoint Thursday night. The suspect was shot in the head and died just before 2 a.m. Friday at a hospital, Jackson said.
The man was a passenger in an SUV that had been pulled over at the checkpoint, which was operated by officers from several Denver-area agencies.
Jackson said the driver, Julius Michael Poorman, 30, was arrested for investigation of drunken driving, driving with a broken windshield and failing to appear in court on a harassment charge.
When officers opened a passenger door of the SUV, the other man emerged with a gun. Officers wrestled with him and gunfire erupted, authorities said.
Arapahoe County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Curti had surgery for a gunshot wound in his left wrist, Sheriff Grayson Robinson said in a written statement. Robinson said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Curti is a 27-year law enforcement veteran.
State Trooper Dennis Wilder was shot in the left foot and was doing well in a hospital Friday, the State Patrol said.
Wilder, a nine-year veteran, and two other troopers won the patrol’s Medal of Valor award for their handling of a December 2000 high-speed chase while under fire from suspects, the patrol said.
Curti and Wilder did not want to be interviewed, their agencies said.
Denver Police Officer Ryan Cobernick, suffered a broken nose in the fight at the DUI checkpoint. He was treated and released, Jackson said.
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