Criminal shoots cop, himself in Northglenn armed standoff

6 Jan

A man who Northglenn police say shot a police officer in the shoulder killed himself during a standoff Monday night.

Police went to 1443 Bowman Place about 6:45 p.m. Monday to arrest Matthew Anderson, 40, on three outstanding sex-crime warrants, said Northglenn police spokesman Sgt. Rick Kellogg.

Anderson was wanted on charges of failing to register as a sex offender, Internet sexual exploitation of a child and sexual assault of a child, Kellogg said.

Law enforcement officials, including Adams County sheriff’s deputies, knocked on the door. When there was no answer, the door was opened with a battering ram, Kellogg said.

As officers entered the tri-level home, a man opened fire from upstairs, hitting Northglenn Officer Dennis Alps twice.

One bullet hit Alps in his protective vest, and the other went through the back of his shoulder, exiting through his chest, near the nameplate on his uniform, Kellogg said.

Alps, a seven-year member of the force, was rushed to a local hospital, where he was treated and released. Kellogg said the injured officer was resting at home.

After the shooting, a SWAT team was called in and police surrounded the home.

Police attempted to contact the man inside for several hours. About 2 a.m., a robot equipped with a video camera went into the home and transmitted an image of a body lying at the top of a staircase.

“There was a single gunshot wound to the head,” Kellogg said.

Investigators believe the fatal wound was self-inflicted, Kellogg said.


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