He died while doing what our officers do best – helping others.
We’ve learned tonight that the Colorado State Patrol trooper who was killed on the Interstate 70 on Friday was responding to a single-vehicle rollover crash in which a woman and an 18-month-old were hurt.
Trooper William Moden was killed while helping in the first crash on eastbound I-70 at mile marker 324, just east of the Peoria exit. That’s according to Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deborah Sherman.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies were all called to assist in the first crash.
Moden was hit and killed by another vehicle while working at the scene shortly before 9:45 p.m..
After that, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation of the single-vehicle rollover.
Witnesses told police that the woman in the first crash was driving recklessly and reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.
The car had rolled over through a field multiple times during her crash. When police got there,
they found out that it had rolled multiple times through a field before the driver and an 18-month old baby were ejected from the vehicle.
Police believe alcohol was involved. Because the woman is in serious condition at the hospital, no charges have been filed as of this report.
We do not know the condition of the child, as the sheriff’s office does not provide updates on minors.
The other driver crashed into Moden when he was outside his patrol vehicle at about 9:43 p.m. on I-70 near Deer Trail.
He was airlifted and pronounced dead at University of Colorado Hospital.
For those who would like to leave flowers, cards, or anything else for Trooper Moden, his CSP patrol vehicle is parked in front of his office at 8200 US-85, Commerce City, CO 80022. pic.twitter.com/f6BuXQmc5q
— CSP Public Affairs (@CSP_News) June 16, 2019
CSP hasn’t released any information on the driver who crashed into Moden or the details of the crash.
Moden was a 12-year veteran of CSP. Police described him as a man who always helped others, loved his job and had a sense of humor.
His death marks the fifth of a state trooper on Colorado roads since 2015.
“It’s just another tragic, tragic loss of one of our troopers,” Sherman said.
Colorado flags are currently being flown at half staff in honor of the trooper.
“He loved his family. He loved being a trooper and he loved his pursuit of trying to make a difference. That’s what Will did and he did it every single day,” officials said.
Within hours, donations started to come in for his family.
Colorado State Patrol set up a memorial in Commerce City, with Trooper William Moden’s vehicle parked outside his CSP office.
This couple from #Parker, CO visits @CSP_AdamsCounty Post 1D to pay respects to #TrooperModen. His vehicle now parked in front of 8200 Hwy 85 in #CommerceCity. @CSP_News
invites you to stop by. pic.twitter.com/UCLdM69c4P
— Rob McClure 🇺🇸 (@RobCBS4) June 16, 2019
CSP asks those looking to donate to Trooper Moden and his family to donate to the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation and select the Moden Family Fund, or donating to the Adoption Exchange in tribute to Trooper Moden.
We also nearly lost several officers in New Mexico on Monday morning.
Multiple officers were wounded after a suspect allegedly opened fire on police early on Monday morning, officials said.
According to a report from KOAT 7, an officer was investigating a call of a suspicious person around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning. When the LEO arrived and shined his spotlight on the suspect, the man reportedly opened fire.
Rounds pierced the windshield of the officer’s cruiser, striking him once. The officer was able to quickly drive himself to a medical facility where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Right after the initial shooting, police say the armed suspect attempted to carjack a delivery driver’s vehicle, but was unsuccessful. When police tracked the suspect down, they attempted to take him into custody, but reports noted that he would not comply with officer commands.
The suspect allegedly then fired at least one time at LCPD officers. They immediately fired back, striking and killing the unnamed suspect. He died at the scene.
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KOAT reported that another Las Cruces officer and a Dona Ana County deputy were both injured and are both being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators remained at the scene following the shooting. Another officer was wounded in New Orleans on Monday morning after two armed suspects tried to hold up a CVS.
According to reports from The Advocate, officers responded to a call about an attempted armed robbery at a CVS around 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning. When units arrived at the scene, a gun battle allegedly broke out between New Orleans police officers and the suspects.
The incident occurred in the 4900 block of Prytania Street, according to police. An EMS official as well as an initial radio report confirmed that the officer had been shot and struck in his left shoulder. One of the suspects was reportedly shot as well.
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BREAKING: A New Orleans police officer has been wounded in a shooting in Uptown this morning on Prytania Street. https://t.co/s1Lv62Xa7Z
— New Orleans Advocate (@theadvocateno) June 17, 2019
Police were able to quickly apprehend and arrest one of the suspects at the scene. Multiple reports noted that the suspect was armed with what they were calling a “sub-machine gun”.
A second suspect reportedly fled the scene. Police were able to track that suspect down to the 4900 block of Coliseum street and surrounded a home.
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Authorities then reportedly took the second suspect into custody. That suspect was confirmed to have been shot during the initial exchange of gunfire with police.
Reporters at the scene said that they saw officers with their guns drawn at Soniat and Coliseum streets early Monday morning. They said that there was a ‘heavy police presence’ throughout the area of Uptown New Orleans as the situation continues to be investigated.
So there were at least 5 or 6, maybe even 7 or 8, siren runs down Napoleon just now, um, what’s up? Way more then the usual.
— JeanPaulVillere (@JeanPaulVillere) June 17, 2019
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The injured officer was rushed by a fellow NOPD to the University Medical Center for immediate medical attention. He and the suspect were both reported to be in stable condition.
This story is developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you updates as more information becomes available to the public.