Colorado

Aurora Smashburger Under Fire For Harassing Officers With Anti-Police Song

Photo: via aol.com

Photo: via aol.com

An Aurora, CO Smashburger is coming under fire for allegedly playing anti-police music while local officers dined at the restaurant recently.

Smashburger received multiple complaints on Saturday after the N.W.A. song "F--- tha Police" was played on repeat as officers ate in the restaurant.

The restaurant responded to the incident by stating, "First and foremost, we respect and value police officers and law enforcement officials. Any music other than our contracted music service is unauthorized in our stores and against policy during business hours."

The manager of the restaurant has been placed on investigative leave.

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Colorado Deputy Shot on Friday Showing "Promising Progress"

Det. Dan Brite;  Photo: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Det. Dan Brite; Photo: Douglas County Sheriff's Office

A Douglas County, CO Sheriff's deputy seriously injured in a shootout on Friday is showing "promising progress," officials said.

Detective Dan Brite was shot while responding to a call of a man carrying weapons and ammunition.

As the man, identified as 40-year old Randall Rodick, entered his RV to drive away, he allegedly opened fire on deputies, striking Brite.

Det. Brite was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Although his injuries were serious, Det. Brite is now responding to stimulus, doctors report. 

Suspect Rodick was shot and killed by police on scene. 

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Aurora Cop Attacked With Tire Iron, Suspect in Custody

Brandon Bayless;  Photo: Portage County Sheriff's Dept.

Brandon Bayless; Photo: Portage County Sheriff's Dept.

An Aurora, CO police sergeant is recovering today after being attacked and hit with a tire iron while responding to a call for service on Sunday afternoon.

Sergeant Pat Domos and another officer responded to a call of an assault at the home of Brandon Bayless, 26.

After being let into the home by Bayless's mother, Bayless allegedly attacked Sgt. Domos and struck him in the head with a tire iron.

Domos fired his gun in response; however, no bullets struck the suspect. The other officer on scene subsequently used a taser to subdue Bayless and take him into custody.

The injured sergeant was treated and released from a local hospital. Bayless was charged with felonious assault on a police officer. 

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Colorado Congressman Wants to Make Assaulting a Cop a Hate Crime

Rep. Ken Buck;  Photo: @RepKenBuck via Twitter

Rep. Ken Buck; Photo: @RepKenBuck via Twitter

Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) wants to add police officers to the list of people covered by federal hate crime legislation. Currently, federal hate crime laws only protect individuals based on status such as gender, sexual orientation, and race, among others.

The congressman's bill would add police officers to the list of those federally protected against assaults predicated solely on the officer's role as a police officer.

"There are more officers being targeted because of the fact that they’re police officers," said Buck.

He added, "It’s not meant to be derogatory in any way; it’s meant to say very unequivocally that it is absolutely wrong to target police officers simply because they area police officers. I’ve spent 25 years in law enforcement and 10 years as the District Attorney in Weld County. I’ve worked with a lot of great police officers and I want to make sure that when they go home to their families they area protected."

If passed, police officers would be the only profession to receive protected federal status. 

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Colorado Deputy Dies in Rollover Crash

Deputy Travis Russell;  Photo: krdo.com

Deputy Travis Russell; Photo: krdo.com

A Las Animas County (CO) Sheriff's Deputy was killed in a rollover car accident on Tuesday, authorities stated.

Deputy Travis Russell, 44, was killed when his patrol vehicle veered across opposing lanes of traffic and struck an empty SUV, rolling the patrol car over.

Russell was transported to a local hospital but did not survive.

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BREAKING: Park County (CO) Deputy Killed, Two Other Deputies Injured in Shooting

A Park County Sheriff's Deputy has been killed and two other deputies injured in a shootout with a suspect on Wednesday morning.

The incident began at around 9:30 a.m. when deputies approached the suspect in the Friendship Ranch subdivision and a shooting broke out. The deputies were reportedly there to serve an eviction notice.

The two injured officers were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Conflicting information as to the extent of their injuries has been reported.

The deceased officer was a 10-year veteran of the department; however, his name has not yet been released.

The suspect died on scene and it is not yet known if he was shot by deputies or took his own life.

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CO Deputy in "Final Hours of His Life" After Being Shot by 17-Year Old Suspect

Deputy Derek Geer;  Photo: Mesa County S.O.

Deputy Derek Geer; Photo: Mesa County S.O.

A Mesa County (CO) Sheriff’s Deputy is in critical condition and near death after being shot by a 17-year old suspect on Monday morning. 

Deputy Derek Geer had responded to a call of a person with a gun when he located an individual who matched the description of the suspect. The individual fled on foot but Deputy Geer gave chase, deploying his taser.

The suspect then fired multiple rounds at Deputy Geer, inflicting grievous injury. The suspect was ultimately taken into custody.

Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis stated, “I am heartbroken to update all staff that Deputy Derek Geer is in the final hours of his life. He is currently on life support at St. Mary's Hospital while final arrangements are made for him to provide one last measure of service in the form of organ donation. I am told this could take up to 48 hours.”

Deputy Geer, 40, is a U.S. Navy veteran and the father of two children, aged 11 and 13.

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Colorado Officer Injured in Vicious, Unprovoked Attack

Photo: KDVR

Photo: KDVR

A Colorado police officer is lucky to be alive after being viciously attacked by an individual the officer was trying to help.

The incident occurred early Monday morning when an Aurora police officer (whose identity has not yet been released) informed dispatch that he was stopping to provide assistance to a stranded motorist. 

According to police, as the officer was walking toward his patrol car the suspect tackled him from behind and struck him over the head with an unknown object. The officer suffered a significant head injury and large gash on the top of his head.

The suspect then stole the officer's patrol car and led responding officers on a high speed chase.

The chase ended when an officer made contact with the suspect's vehicle, causing it to spin out. The suspect emerged from the vehicle holding an unknown object in his right hand. 

Officers ordered the suspect to drop the item but he refused. Police fired several rounds at the suspect and he was pronounced dead on scene.

Aurora Police Chief Nicholas Metz said of the incident, "When you see what's happening around the country, when you see what happened in Colorado Springs, our officers every single day are responding to very hazardous kinds of situations."

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Colorado Police Search for Suspect Who Shot Officer on Vehicle Stop

The Commerce City Police Department (a suburban community north of Denver) is searching for a suspect who shot a police officer following a vehicle stop this morning. 

The suspect, described as a white male in his late 40's - early 50's, with brown hair, shot the officer once in the torso after the officer approached the vehicle.

The officer was saved from grave injury due to the protection of his bulletproof vest.

The suspect subsequently fled in his vehicle, described as a late 90's model maroon Nissan Pathfinder. The suspect's possible license plate was 679UNZ or 697UNZ (State of Colorado).

Anybody with information should immediately contact the Commerce Police Department at 303-289-3626.

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