Cops kill escaped criminal after cop car rammed

10 May

Police opened fire on a sport-utility vehicle in Commerce City early today, killing Boulder County Jail escapee Phillip Michael Boldin, and wounding a woman who was with him.

The fatal shooting happened at just after midnight at a trailer park in the 6900 block of Colorado Highway 2, said Christian Rasmussen, a Commerce City Police Department spokesman.

The woman in the car, who has not been identified, was taken to Denver Health Medical Center, but details about her injuries have not been released.

Boldin, 42, has been wanted since September on an escape warrant after he walked away from a court-ordered halfway house in Boulder County last September.

He has a lengthy arrest record in the metro area dating back to 1986, primarily burglary and related charges. He was also arrested after an escape in Boulder County in 1990 and attempted escape in 2004 in Larimer County, records show.

Boldin has lived in Commerce City, Longmont and Arvada, and previously worked as a roofer, according to public records.

Police got a tip at about 6 p.m. Wednesday that a car Boldin was known to drive was parked at a trailer in Commerce City, and officers waited until he came out and left with a woman just after midnight.

When police moved in to stop them, the driver, who was not specified, rammed a patrol car, leaving an officer with minor injuries, Rasmussen said.

Officers opened fire, striking both occupants.

The vehicle remained parked behind yellow police tape this morning, as officers continued investigating the scene.

The windows were shattered or missing from the multiple gunshots.

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