Denver-area killing spree ends with five dead and an officer fighting for his life

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DENVER, CO – According to NBC News, a suspect went on a shooting rampage at multiple locations in the Denver area on Monday evening.

Police say that the shootings began around 5 pm local time. They are still trying to piece together the reason for the violence and whether the different locations were random or if there was some sort of connection. 

At least five people, including the suspect, are now dead. Three more were wounded. One of those is a Lakewood police officer, who was undergoing surgery late Monday evening.

The officer’s condition in not yet known. 

Here is what police say transpired. 

“Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said during a news conference that the shootings began around 5 p.m. in Denver. Four people were shot at two locations, three fatally, before gunfire erupted between the suspect and Denver police.”

In the initial incident in Denver, Chief Pazen told reporters that shortly after 5 pm, two adult females and one adult male were shot by the suspect. Both of the women died from their injuries. The male’s condition was not known. 

A short time later, another shooting occurred, killing another male victim. A little while later, more shots were fired at a third location. Denver police do not believe that there were injuries sustained as a result of that shooting. 

Police identified a vehicle that was suspected to be involved with all three incidents, and a pursuit began. Gunfire was exchanged between the vehicle and law enforcement. 

After that exchange, the shooter managed to disable the police cruiser and fled into Lakewood, where members of that agency joined in the pursuit. 

At yet another location in Lakewood, a fourth victim was killed by the shooter.

The, after shooting and wounding a desk clerk at the Hyatt Place hotel, the suspect fled again, encountering a Lakewood officer. He fired and struck the officer, allowing the individual to continue his attempt to evade law enforcement. 

No details regarding the shooter are currently available. His identity has not been released.

Law Enforcement Today will continue to monitor this situation and bring you updates as they become available. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victim’s families and with the three individuals that are in the hospital. 

We will continue to keep an eye on the status of the two civilians and the wounded officer. 

We have also reached out to law enforcement in the Denver area to seek more information into what transpired. 

Denver-area killing spree ends with five dead and an officer fighting for his life

 

COLUMBUS, GA- Remember…according to Joe Biden, white supremacy is the biggest threat to the American people.

Tell that to five people in Georgia and Alabama, who were shot by a black man who admitted he was targeting “military-looking” white men.

This is what happens when people from the president down to members of Congress and the media tell us that the biggest threat to people’s safety and security are white males. It puts a target squarely on their backs. 

According to law enforcement authorities, Justin Tyran Roberts, 39 was arrested last Saturday by police in Columbus, Georgia, where he stands accused of shooting and wounding four people during separate attacks on Friday and Saturday, the New York Post reports.

In addition, Roberts stands accused of shooting a white man in the back at a hotel in Phenix City, Alabama, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. All told, the shootings took place over a 20-hour period last weekend. Police say that none of the victims were personally known to Roberts.

 

During a preliminary hearing on Monday, Det. Brandon Lockhart of the Columbus Police Department testified that following Roberts’ arrest that he “had to have” one victim who was shot in the back as he got into a car under the Oglethorpe Bridge in Columbus.

“Basically, he explained throughout his life, specifically white males had taken from him, and also what he described as ‘military-looking white males’ had taken from him,” Lockhart said during testimony, repeating what Roberts told investigators.

The Columbus paper said that according to police chief Freddie Blackmon, all the victims were expected to recover.

Roberts also made an unsubstantiated claim that white men had been “shooting at him in a wooded area with a slingshot.” Officers said there was no evidence whatsoever to back up that assertion, Lockhart said.

Roberts is a convicted felon and was in possession of a Taurus 9mm pistol that had been stolen when he was arrested, Lockhart also testified.

The carnage started on Thursday at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Phenix City when a man believed to be Roberts shot a man during a random attack, Blackmon said on Saturday. The man was hospitalized and will recover.

The Ledger-Inquirer reported that Roberts matched the description of the attacker in that incident, and it is expected he will likewise be charged in that shooting.

Just hours later, two white males and a black female were shot in Columbus, which resulted in Roberts being charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault and gun charges related to his being a convicted felon, the paper reported.

Gateway Pundit reported that Roberts’ public defender requested he undergo psychological evaluations, claiming Roberts was suffering from “delusions.”

The officer’s testimony has demonstrated that Mr. Roberts is having delusions and a disconnect from reality,” the attorney told the judge.

During a press conference, Chief Blackmon told the public not to panic and stressed the area is safe, noting that Roberts appeared to be acting alone.

“Uptown is safe. These recent shooting incidents that occurred in the last 24 hours have been isolated incidents,” Blackmon said. “We have not received any information that would indicate there was anyone else involved in these shooting incidents other than the person we have in custody.”

“We want our citizens to know that there is no need to be in fear or be apprehensive of getting about,” WRBL reported the chief as saying. “We want everyone to continue to get out and know that we take this very seriously. Any incident, shooting incident, any crime that occurs in Columbus, we take it seriously.”

After the court hearing, Judge Julius Hunter found probable cause and forwarded Roberts’ case to the Muscogee Superior Court.

Roberts’ court-appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea on his behalf Monday, and Roberts was held without bond after the prosecution cited the random shootings as well as the apparent racial animus as a motive.

Law Enforcement Today will update this story as additional information is gathered.

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For more on our fearless leader, Joe Biden claiming “white supremacy” is the biggest threat to the United States, we invite you to read our prior reporting on that issue. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – President Joe Biden falsely made the claim Tuesday that white supremacy is “the most lethal threat” facing the U.S. homeland, beating out international terrorism and ISIS.

The incorrect claim was made during a speech to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Race Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Comparing the racism of the 1920s to today, President Biden said in the speech that the single greatest threat to the United States is white supremacy, incorrectly referencing a claim made by the Department of Justice in the latter half of 2020 that said it was the most lethal group inside the U.S:

“According to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal to the homeland today. Not ISIS. Not Al Qaeda. White supremacists.”

In October, DHS issued a report showing that white supremacist extremism accounted for more fatal attacks than any other domestic violent extremist group since 2018.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf explained at the time that the white supremacist groups posed “the most persistent and lethal threat” of violent extremism in the United States in recent years.

DHS did not state that white supremacy is the most lethal threat facing the homeland. The agency said that white supremacist groups were the most lethal extremist threat inside the United States, and did not address foreign threats to the U.S. mainland.

The President also said that white Americans participating in the Klu Klux Klan ‘embedded” systemic racism in American culture:

“Millions of white Americans belonged to the Klan, and they weren’t even embarrassed by it. They were proud of it.

“And that hate became embedded systematically and systemically in our laws and in our culture.”

On May 30, 1921 in Tulsa, a young black man named Dick Rowland was riding in the elevator in the Drexel Building at Third and Main with a white woman named Sarah Page. Rowland was arrested for the act, and placed into custody at the courthouse.

The following morning, an exaggerated news report of the incident appeared in the Tulsa Tribune which created a confrontation between black and white armed mobs in front of the courthouse. The Sheriff and his deputies barricade themselves with Rowland.

Shots were fired into the crowd, and the black mob, being outnumbered, fled to the Greenwood District. White riots reportedly looted and burned Greenwood, and Governor Robertson declare martial law and called in the National Guard.

The Guard members helped extinguish the fires, and collected over 6,000 black men and women at the Convention Hall and fairgrounds.

Twenty-four hours after it erupted, the violence was ended. In the wake of the violence, 35 city blocks lay in charred ruins, more than 800 people were treated for injuries and contemporary reports of deaths began at 36. Historians now believe as many as 300 people may have died.

President Biden, who said in June 2020 that Confederate monuments belong in museums and “Don’t be surprised if someone pulls down the statue of Jefferson Davis,” told the crowd that Tulsa needed to remembered so American can remember its mistakes:

“We do ourselves no favors by pretending none of this ever happened, or that it doesn’t impact us today, because it does impact today. We can’t just chose to learn what we want to know, and not what we should know.

“We should know the good, the bad, everything. That’s what great nations do. They come to terms with their dark sides. As painful as it is, only in remembrance do wounds heal. We just have to choose to remember.”

 

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