SWAT team seeking suspect finds man dead

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office looked for attempted homicide suspect in home near Centennial

Posted 11/21/17

A man believed to be a suspect in an attempted homicide was found dead in a neighborhood just outside Centennial the afternoon of Nov. 21. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office SWAT team was called to …

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SWAT team seeking suspect finds man dead

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office looked for attempted homicide suspect in home near Centennial

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A man believed to be a suspect in an attempted homicide was found dead in a neighborhood just outside Centennial the afternoon of Nov. 21.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office SWAT team was called to assist the FBI's Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force regarding the suspect at about 7:30 a.m. SWAT deputies arrived at a home in the 16200 block of East Otero Avenue, in unincorporated Arapahoe County near South Jordan Road, shortly after.

The suspect has a previous history with firearms, explosive devices and violent assaults, a news release from the sheriff's office said. The man's identity and the cause and manner of death had not been released as of Nov. 21.

After the SWAT team determined no one else was in the home, deputies attempted to make contact with the man but found he was barricaded inside. Deputies made unsuccessful attempts to contact him or force him from the home, and when they were able to access the home at about 2:20 p.m., they found the man dead.

No schools were directly affected, but bus routes for nearby Red Hawk Ridge Elementary, Grandview High and Liberty Middle schools had potential to be impacted, said Julie Brooks, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Red Hawk Ridge was the primary concern because its dismissal time was the earliest of the three, and bus stop locations sit in the area of the home, Brooks said.

The sheriff's office worked with the Cherry Creek School District to coordinate communication to parents who students could have been affected by potential busing changes in the afternoon. The incident concluded before school dismissal, so buses were allowed in the area, with Cherry Creek School District staff stationed at bus stops to facilitate student movement, especially for elementary students, the release said.

In the morning, a reverse callback went out within about a quarter-mile of the home to ask residents to shelter in place. The call was lifted at about 3 p.m.

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