Body cam shows SWAT and Thornton officers shoots, kills attempted murder suspect in Northglenn
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1:48 - Body cam
7:29 - Drone video
A Thornton police officer shot and killed an attempted murder suspect in Northglenn Friday evening.
Officers learned that a suspect who was wanted on a probation violation out of Denver for attempted murder was in an apartment in the 300 block of Malley Drive, according to the Northglenn Police Department. A woman and three young children were also inside the apartment, the department said.
The Northglenn/Thornton SWAT Team was activated, and a reverse 911 alert was issued. Northglenn PD called it a "barricade situation" in a 5:40 p.m. tweet and asked neighbors to shelter in place.
According to the department, shots were fired from within the apartment while authorities were negotiating the release of the children. The suspect then later opened the apartment's patio door and fired several more shots, Northglenn police said.
A Thornton police officer shot at the suspect, striking him, according to Northglenn PD. The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His family identified him as 38-year-old Joseph Martinez.
"He didn’t deserve to die and get shot," the suspect's 13-year-old daughter told Denver7.
After the shooting, a heated exchange between the suspect's family and law enforcement led to additional arrests. Family members told Denver7 that some of their relatives were tased during the scuffle.