Thursday, February 2, 2017

Denver transit security officer ambushed-shot to death

DENVER CO Feb 2 2017 A contract armed security officer on duty for the Denver Regional Transit system was ambushed and shot to death late last night.
The RTD transit security officer was on patrol near Union Station and giving several woman directions when a man, completely unprovoked, walked up to the officer and shot him point blank in the head and neck.
Police say that he was employed by Allied Universal. Denver Police have identified him as Scott Van Laken 56 years old, and had a family.
A short time later, police were able to find the suspect near 15th and Wynkoop streets. He was hiding on a patio near 14th and Wazee streets and had a handgun, according to Denver Police.
The suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Joshua Cummings.
Denver Police Chief Robert White says local authorities have never had any contact with him before and that his only criminal history was a misdemeanor charge in another state.
“We’re not 100 percent sure what motivated this particular individual to shoot the victim,” White said.
White says investigators are trying to determine if the security officer was shot because of his dark blue uniform, which resembles the one worn by DPD.
The shooting was reported at around 11 p.m. Police say the victim had been talking to two women who were asking for information about light rail lines.
They told police that a man with "a swollen face" and "weird/different looking eyes" approached the security officer from behind, and pointed a gun at his head.
Police say the women heard the suspect say something to the effect of “do as you are told” before firing.
Barb Archer, the commander of the Denver Police Department’s Major Crimes Division, called the attack “completely unprovoked.”
The security officer died on the way to the hospital. He was one of 250 contract security officers employed by RTD. 

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