SWAT Surrounds Essex House Motel in Littleton; FBI Agent Wounded

LITTLETON, CO - May 8:  An officer makes his way down Prince Street on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Essex House Hotel in Denver, Colorado. An FBI agent was shot during a operation at the hotel and the shooter has since barricaded himself inside. (Photo By Brent Lewis/The Denver Post)

“It’s terrifying. It’s frightening. It’s a situation where you are trying to be as safe as possible but when you hear over the radio that an officer is down, it’s the worst thing you can possibly hear.”

— Littleton police Lt. Trent Cooper

An FBI agent was wounded Friday afternoon while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a Littleton motel.

The agent was taken to Swedish Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Littleton police, SWAT officers and other law enforcement personnel were still surrounding the Essex House Motel in the 5300 block of South Santa Fe Drive at 6:15 p.m., about two hours later.

[The “Longhorn Bandit” is wanted in heists across the Denver area that began in February]

At 6:20 p.m., police were preparing to send a robot into the second-story room, since they had been unable to make contact with the suspect since the shooting at 4:15 p.m.

Officials said they were waiting for a federal warrant to enter the motel, which could take a couple of hours.

Littleton police Lt. Trent Cooper said the suspect fired two shots at law enforcement agents, hitting the agent in the leg. The officers fired no shots, he said.

South Santa Fe Drive remained closed in both directions Friday afternoon from Bowles to Belleview because of the police activity, the city of Littleton said on Twitter…(read more)

The Denver Post

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