Casino robbery in Central City

5 Apr

A man who brandished a semiautomatic weapon and robbed a caged cashier at the Famous Bonanza Casino in Central City on Saturday afternoon was shot almost two hours later in the parking garage of another casino, police said.

The man fled the Bonanza on Main Street with an undisclosed amount of money in a black Audi, which officers later spotted in the parking garage of the Golden Gates Casino.

A Black Hawk police officer was searching the parking garage about 5 p.m. when the robbery suspect appeared near his car, “engaged the officer and shots were fired,” said Gilpin County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cherokee Blake.

The suspect was wounded and taken to the hospital. His name was not released.

The officer involved in the shooting, a 16-year veteran, was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

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