Edgewater Police Report: December 21, 2015

From Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey:

Edgewater Police Officers finished their gift giving this week for local youth in need with KYGO’s Christmas Crusade for Children. Our officers shopped at the local Walmart Store on December 15th, with their law enforcement counterparts, and then organized the approximately 3,000 gifts that were distributed throughout the greater Denver area.

On December 18th, 2015 at about 2 AM Edgewater Officers received a report of shots fired in the 2600 block of Kendall Street. Officers were contacted by a resident of Terra Village who advised that his next door neighbor fired a bullet round into his apartment. Deputies and Officers from Jefferson County SO and Lakeside PD responded to assist in contacting the gunman under the command of Edgewater Sergeant Fowle. When officers attempted to contact the gunman, two women exited the apartment, although they indicated that there were two other people inside the apartment with multiple weapons. The call turned into a barricaded gunman when the two other people refused to exit the apartment, and officers were readying for a SWAT response. Edgewater Officers continued to attempt to make contact with the persons, and both a male and female subsequently exited the apartment.

The investigation subsequently revealed that the occupants of the apartment were smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol while the male tenant was playing with a handgun. The male party indicated that the weapon accidentally discharged while he was playing with the weapon. The bullet was found to have gone through two walls and a door and left a hole in a wall above a sleeping child. The male was arrested and jailed for multiple offenses involving the discharge of the weapon, and endangering the child and neighbors. Edgewater’s Sergeant Fowle, Corporal Forsythe, Corporal Nesbitt, and Officer Palmer are all commended for their efforts and patience in managing this event to a peaceful resolution. Additionally, the police department thanks Jefferson County Deputies Dillman, Huffman, Erickson and Struckhoff and Lakeside Officer Ross for their valuable assistance with a dangerous call.

The police department is in the process of working on a crime free housing program that is aimed at evicting persons when they’re involved in criminal activity such as that above. The volunteer driven program will be organized during the first quarter of 2016 in an effort to curtail the criminal activities related to lease multi-unit housing.

On December 14, 2015 at about 8:30 PM Edgewater Officers received a call of an unwanted person at the King Soopers Store, 1725 Sheridan Blvd. A patron was refusing to leave the restaurant after security officers asked several times. When Corporal Geerdes contacted the party, the person immediately began fighting and striking Corporal Geerdes. Additional Edgewater Officers arrived and were able to take the person into custody. Corporal Geerdes sustained an injury to his upper body during the course of the altercation and was transported to the hospital for treatment. Corporal Geerdes was released pending further review by specialists. The 35 year old Aurora male was found have used methamphetamines, and was jailed on the assault charges.

On December 13, 2015 at about 1:20 AM Officers received a report of three disorderly patrons at the Cooler, 2045 Sheridan Blvd. One of the patrons had thrown a beer bottle at the bar window, although the patrons had left just as officers were arriving. Officers were able to contact the fleeing vehicle, and subsequently arrested the driver for DUI.

Edgewater Officers arrested multiple persons for DUI this reporting period:
25 year old male Denver resident.
26 year old male Denver resident.
34 year old male Arvada resident, as well as possession of weapons by a previous offender as he had a loaded handgun on the floorboard of the vehicle.

Edgewater Officers arrested multiple persons for shoplifting this period:
25 year old female Northglenn resident.
50 year old female Edgewater resident.

Edgewater Officers performed traffic enforcement during the course of this reporting period and contacted several persons for speeding, careless driving, registration violations and suspensions.

Edgewater Officers additionally responded to calls involving disturbances, students fighting, unwanted persons, and intoxicated persons.

Edgewater Officers continued their investigation of the Fast Cash Pawn Robbery alongside the ATF and FBI, and several additional leads were recovered and acted on this reporting period – case continues.

Calls for Service

Residents are reminded that the Jefferson County Communications Center at 303-271-0211 is the regional call center that dispatches Edgewater Officers 24/7/365. Although I very much appreciate the numerous messages regarding law enforcement issues and the City of Edgewater via this Nextdoor cite, if you have something urgent I would suggest that you call the communications center directly.

Contact Person: Chief John Mackey
Contact number: 720-763-3000

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