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Suspect being held for investigation of attempted first-degree murder after allegedly shooting Denver police officer

Suspect being held for investigation of attempted
first-degree murder after allegedly shooting Denver police
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Pedro Juan Gallegos, 40, is being held by Denver police as they investigate the shooting of a police officer on Saturday, according to the department.

The Denver Police Department is holding Gallegos to explore attempted first-degree murder, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and first-degree criminal trespassing.

An officer was shot in the leg Saturday night before 11 p.m. in the 4200 block of Alcott Street in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood. There was an hours-long manhunt that ensued into Sunday morning.

Following emergency surgery, the officer was listed in stable condition Sunday afternoon, Denver police said.

Division Chief Ron Thomas said at a 4 a.m. news conference. The officer and others were responding to a call about a person on a porch “that they did not belong at,” Thomas said.

Officers were fired on as they approached the porch, Thomas said. However, it was unclear if officers made contact with the person before the shooting started.

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The suspect escaped during the aftermath of the shooting. Police shut down a several-block radius in Sunnyside and searched people’s yards with dogs. Several people were detained.

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