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Denver Police Asked Teens to Get Out of Car Before Shooting

January 29, 2015  | 

Moments before opening fire on a car full of teenagers Monday, two Denver police officers asked several times for those inside to get out after learning the car had been reported stolen, Police Chief Robert White said Wednesday.

"At some point, the original officer that responded to the scene, the vehicle started driving toward him, which pretty much had him between a car and a brick wall and a fence," White said in an interview with The Denver Post. "Out of fear for his safety, he fired several shots and the other officer also fired several shots."

White offered a few more details, which he described as preliminary, about Monday's fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jessica Hernandez in an alley in the Park Hill neighborhood. She was driving the car and died of multiple gunshots after officers opened fire. Hernandez and the other occupants of the car did not have weapons, White said.

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Rick @ 1/29/2015 3:29 PM

Once again, bad tactics leads to gunfire. Why do LEO's continue to put themselves between vehicles and immobile objects or attempt to get keys out of a running vehicle instead of taking cover? More Officers need to attend Calibre Press Street Survival.

BT @ 1/29/2015 4:11 PM

Hernandez had a weapon! A very deadly one, and used it towards the officer. It's called a
3,000 lb car being driven at the officer. That's deadly force my friend!

Billy @ 1/29/2015 5:17 PM

The car IS a weapon. A 3000lb weapon

plato's playdough @ 1/29/2015 6:05 PM

The linked articles provide a bit more light on the event.

I notice that the origin of the car which was driven, which had been reported as STOLEN, has not been mentioned.

Since PD and the News BOTH spoke to the parent's of the driver, which was the only one killed, and the one in positive control of the vehicle when it moved toward the Officer who fired his weapon, it just makes me wonder.

I wonder if the parent's had reported their car stolen, because the daughter (the driver) had taken it.

Per the article, a passenger stated that the Officer wasn't hit till after the driver had been impacted by the bullet.

Seems evident to me, that the car was NO LONGER stopped, because the driver put her foot on the pedal. But the Officer did not have time to take evasive action due to the proximity of the vehicle, which is consistent with a perception that Deadly Force was appropriate as he was in physical Danger.

Oddly the article subtly paints it otherwise.

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