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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office identified two people who were killed late Tuesday night in a shooting in an RTD parking garage in Lone Tree.
David Strain, 31, and Clarissa Daws, 29, both from Pueblo, died in the shootout, the sheriff’s office reported in a Facebook post. Deputy Cocha Heyden, a sheriff’s spokeswoman, said she it was not clear what the relationship between the two was.
The sheriff’s office released a one-minute, 11-second video from deputies’ body cameras that shows officers yelling at the occupants of a vehicle to roll down their windows before the gunfight erupts. The video is compiled of clips from three body cameras but does not show the incident in its entirety, Heyden said.
The gunfight lasted nearly 9 minutes, the Facebook post says.
“It is quite obvious that the deputies gave the suspects every opportunity to follow commands, put their hands up, and get out of the car, to which instead they chose to start firing on my deputies,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock is quoted as saying on Facebook.
The shootout happened at 11:36 p.m. Tuesday after deputies who were patrolling RTD’s Lincoln Station parking lot saw a suspicious black Kia with no license plates and the locks punched out, Spurlock said in a Wednesday news conference.
The video shows a black sedan blocked into a parking space by police vehicles and deputies surrounding it with their guns out. After ignoring deputies’ commands to roll down the car’s windows, the driver started the engine and began ramming the Kia into sheriff’s SUV’s in an attempt to escape the blockade, the video shows.
Spurlock said the people in the car started shooting “out of nowhere” from both sides of the vehicle. There were three separate volleys of shots, and Spurlock said each round was initiated by the people in the car. Six deputies fired at the Kia. The two people who were killed were the only people inside the car, Heyden said.
Deputies later found guns inside the car, but Heyden said she could not release the types of guns because of a pending criminal investigation and an investigation into the shooting by the 18th Judicial District Attorneys Office and other law enforcement agencies.
One deputy sustained minor injuries after shattered glass struck his face. He can be heard on the video saying, “I think I got hit.” He then says he thinks it was glass.
All six deputies are on paid administrative leave while the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
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