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Suspect Identified in Shooting, Critical Wounding of Denver Officer

December 11, 2015  | 

Jason Wood, 36, is suspected of ambushing Denver officer Tony Lopez Jr. during a traffic stop. (Photo: Denver PD)
Jason Wood, 36, is suspected of ambushing Denver officer Tony Lopez Jr. during a traffic stop. (Photo: Denver PD)

A man accused of shooting a Denver police officer during a routine traffic stop on Tuesday has been identified by authorities. 

Investigators believe Jason Wood, 36, shot Officer Tony Lopez Jr. moments after he was pulled over near the area of 38th and Federal Boulevard. 

Police said it appears the gunman opened fire moments after Lopez pulled over the man's vehicle during a traffic stop at Federal Boulevard and Clyde Place, ABC 7 reports.

"[The gunman] almost immediately after the stop, came out of his car, based on what witnesses are saying, firing at the officer," Denver Police Commander Ron Saunier said at a Wednesday news conference.

Saunier said indications that the officer was ambushed are "based on the fact" that moments after the officer radioed that he was making the traffic stop "almost immediately the officer (was) already calling out that he was shot."

Lopez was hit in the torso and legs. He was wearing body armor at the time of the shooting, which stopped the torso shot. The leg wounds caused great loss of blood, but he is expected to survive.

Investigators believe that Lopez returned fire, hitting the gunman in the leg.

Suspect Wood has a long criminal history.


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