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Colo. Officer Killed by Friendly Fire

November 09, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of Lakewood PD.
Photo courtesy of Lakewood PD.

A Lakewood (Colo.) Police officer was killed early Friday by another officer who thought he was a suspect and shot him.

Officer James Davies, who was assigned to a special enforcement team, was wearing a uniform and protective vest when he was killed, reports the Denver Post.

Officer Davies was in the backyard of a home in the dark when Officer Devaney Braley spotted him and, thinking he was an armed suspect, told him to drop the weapon. Officer Davies didn't respond, thinking the officer was talking to another officer. Officer Braley then fired and killed Officer Davies.

Joe Anthony Ruiz, the owner of the home where the incident took place, has been arrested for firing gunshots that drew officers to his home.

Officer Davies is the first line of duty death in the agency's more than four-decade history.

Tags: Duty Deaths, Friendly Fire, Lakewood (Colo.) PD


Comments (5)

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Rick @ 11/12/2012 4:02 PM

Always identify your target and what is behind it!

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/12/2012 5:47 PM

Saddly, this happens a lot more than people really realize.

S.S @ 11/13/2012 6:38 AM

Tragic accident. This is terrible for both officers, and their families as well as for the dept. I really don't have the words. Just my thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved.

Bob @ VA @ 11/13/2012 12:18 PM

You called it, Rick. Too often we shoot at shadows without truly identifying them. A 500 or better lumen LED flashlight should be standard issue. It will temporarily blind any threat allowing time for ID, and newer ones are both small and light. Prayers to both families.

M.Conner @ 11/16/2012 5:02 AM

A truly tragic accident. God Bless all involved.

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