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Video: Paramedics, Body Armor Saved Denver Officer's Life

December 09, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Paramedics, Body Armor Saved Denver Officer's Life

A Denver police officer is in the Intensive Care Unit at Denver Health Medical Center after being shot while on duty Tuesday, reports KDVR.

Officer Tony Lopez Jr. was shot multiple times, including in the torso and leg. He was in surgery for several hours.

Lopez's father, Tony Lopez Sr., is also a member of the Denver Police Department.

The shooting happened during a traffic stop in northwest Denver shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the area of West 37th Avenue and Federal Boulevard.

Police said one suspect had been shot and taken into custody in fair condition, but there could be additional suspects still at large.

Sources said police performed a PIT maneuver to disable a vehicle two miles from the shooting at 20th Street and Chestnut Place, just west of Coors Field.

Police later described the individual taken into custody as a person of interest in the shooting.

Dr. Gene Moore, who operated on Lopez, said the vest he was wearing likely saved the officer's life. Moore also said a bullet hit a main artery in Lopez's leg, but paramedics saved his life with tourniquets.

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Jan @ 12/10/2015 2:45 PM

No such thing as a minor traffic stop anymore. You never know what it will bring. The world today has gone mad and so many people are crazy. This guy should be locked up FOREVER. Thank God the Officer is going to be okay. Bless these brave men and women who give so much to protect us.They deserve the highest honors as they are honorable people. Thank you so much for your courage & your service.

John retired IA PD @ 12/10/2015 7:25 PM

Society is becoming more violent all the time. People think they should be able to do whatever they want without consequences. Fortunately we have dedicated law enforcement officers who are willing to step up to the challenge of keeping us safe. Even if they must make that ultimate sacrifice. A speedy recovery Lopez. But, lets not forget the paramedics who helped to save his live.
Stay safe out there.

S.S. @ 12/11/2015 5:54 AM

Get well soon Officer Lopez. Thank God you made it.

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