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Man suspected of shooting a Denver officer in the back is identified

Man suspected of shooting a Denver officer in the back is
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A man who allegedly shot a police officer in the back Tuesday night in southwest Denver was identified Wednesday.

Jamie Martin, 34, is being held for investigation of attempted first-degree murder, according to the police department. Martin is also being investigated for three counts of illegal discharge of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a previous offender, all felony counts.

The shooting happened at about 5:35 p.m. Tuesday in the area of West Kentucky Avenue and South Knox Court, police said.

The on-duty officer was in plain clothes and in an unmarked police car when he was shot in the back, said Division Chief Joe Montoya at a Tuesday night news conference.

Officers were called to the area at about 5:24 p.m. on a report of an attempted armed break-in at a residence, Montoya said. The officer, part of the District 4 Impact Team, a specialized unit, was in the vehicle surveilling the area when he was shot. Officers, a short time after the shooting, stopped a vehicle described by Montoya as a “suspect car” near South Irving Street and West Custer Place and arrested Martin.

The officer, who was taken to a local hospital Tuesday night, is expected to fully recover.

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