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Wear Your Vest: Officer's Life Saved During Shootout

Wear Your Vest: Officer's Life Saved During Shootout

The Denver Post via YellowBrix

January 04, 2011

NORTHGLENN, CO — Northglenn police found the homeowner with a gunshot wound after using a robot to enter the house early Tuesday morning.

Northglenn police officer Dennis Alps was trying to serve a warrant when he was shot Monday evening.

“One of our officers was shot in the upper arm. Also another round, I was told, hit almost in the center of his body armor, in his chest,” said Northglenn Police Chief Russell Van Houten.

Alps was one of several officers who went to a house in the 1400 block of Bowman Place near Irma Drive, looking for Anderson. Police also had a search warrant for the address.

“When officers received no answer at the door, they breached the door and as soon as they got inside, gunfire came from inside the home, striking one of our officers,” Van Houten said.

“(Alps) was transported by ground ambulance down to Denver Health. He’s been in the emergency department. And my understanding is if he hasn’t already been released he’s going to be released and go home.”

Anderson, 40, is accused of attempting to lure a 13-year-old girl for sex over the Internet. He faces charges of Internet sex exploitation of a child, child inducement and Internet luring of a child.

Anderson pleaded guilty in 2009 to similar charges filed in Jefferson County, according to Colorado court records.

The SWAT team was called out a little after 6:45 p.m. Monday, and officers surrounded the home. Some neighbors were told to stay inside their homes, while others were evacuated.

After several hours with no communication from the suspect, police sent a robot into the house at about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

“The robot went in, went up the stairs and found the deceased male’s body inside,” said Van Houten.

Investigators believe Anderson had been dead for some several hours.

Officials say Anderson’s home was in foreclosure and the utilities had been shut off for some time.

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