Armed suspect at ‘host home’ killed in deputy-involved shooting: investigators

DENVER (KDVR) — Investigators said an armed male suspect who was holding a developmentally disabled female against her will was shot and killed during a deputy-involved shooting on Wednesday.

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputies were involved in the shooting. They had responded to a report of a female victim being held at gunpoint by a male suspect in a home on South Himalaya Circle, the sheriff’s office said in a release on Thursday.

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The home was a “host home,” which is where people can receive care from within the residence, but the suspect was not a resident there, according to the sheriff’s office. The male suspect died on the scene after “an officer involved shooting occurred,” and the female victim remained in the hospital on Thursday after suffering assault and severe facial injuries.

When asked, a sheriff’s office spokesperson did not have information to release Thursday about the ages or relationship between the two people involved.

The incident began around 3:02 p.m. in the 4500 block of South Himalaya Circle. Responding deputies unsuccessfully tried to get the suspect “to exit peacefully” and attempted contact by phone and a public-address system, but he had barricaded himself and the victim inside a bedroom, according to the release.

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Here is how the sheriff’s office described what happened next.

“Deputies then made entry in an attempt to rescue the female and confronted the armed male suspect physically restraining her at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred,” the release reads. “Despite rescue efforts, the male suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. No deputies were injured during the incident.”

The suspect was identified on Friday as 42-year-old Everett Duriel Shockley.

Deputies involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave with pay while the case is under investigation. The sheriff’s office did not immediately say how many deputies were involved.

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Wednesday’s incident put a nearby school on secure status during the initial law enforcement response. Sky Vista Middle School dismissal was delayed for about 20 minutes, according to Cherry Creek Schools.

The 18th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene and is investigating the incident, as it does for other officer-involved shootings and use-of-force cases in the district.

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