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Video: 3 Searches Fail to Find Gun on Denver Suspect

June 17, 2014  | 

VIDEO: 3 Searches Fail to Find Gun on Denver Suspect

Denver officers tried to frisk a suspect three times, even knocking a knife from his waistband, but failed to find a gun the suspect allegedly used to shoot at the officers, reports KMGH-TV. Luckily, the District Attorney says the suspect's gun jammed during the shootout.

Authorities said Isaac Vigil, 32, opened fire as he was exiting the back seat of a patrol car outside the District 4 Police Station on May 14. An officer returned fire, wounding Vigil.

While the District Attorney determined the officers were not legally at fault for shooting Vigil, the Denver Police Department's internal investigation is ongoing, pending the criminal case against Vigil.

Related:

Video: Handcuffed Man Shoots at Denver Police Officer

Tags: Denver PD, Frisking Suspects


Comments (4)

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Nightstalker @ 6/18/2014 11:58 AM

Im glad no officers got killed or hurt.

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/18/2014 12:06 PM

Something is wrong with their search techniques when after three searches they can't find a weapon. I was taught a simple but effective search technique in basic police training. You simply unbuckle the suspects pants and let them drop to the ground then search everywhere. It tends to keep the suspect still by tangling his feet up in pants and makes the search much easier. This technique is used when you are alone and have no one else to help search the suspect. It gives you good prisoner control and makes a body search so much easier.

Donnie @ 6/18/2014 8:29 PM

I don't know about dropping the pants as we all remember the incident in Texas recently where the trooper did that on the side of the highway. I do however advocate putting your hand on the outside of the clothing where no one wants to wander but if it will save your life or the life of your brothers/sisters, you do what you've got to do, PERIOD! I don't like it either but you do it. I recall the video from NY where the officers were giving a drunk a ride home and he pulls the revolver out of his pants, drops it on the floor multiple times, and the officers finally realize something is wrong and stop to check. The guy was not handcuffed as they were doing him a favor playing taxi. If he had not been so drunk and could not function, he could have killed them both. QUestion is, why the heck did not try to get the gun out because he was simply getting a ride home and not to the jail. Stupid is as stupid does I guess. Search, search, SEARCH!

EODK9Trainer @ 6/20/2014 3:28 AM

No excuse for this whatsoever. Miss a bag of weed and no one dies. Miss a weapon and you never know. These officers need to attend some serious remedial re-training.

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