DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl may have been injured trying to get out of the way of a stolen car the teenager was driving, the police chief said Thursday.
The possibility raised during a preliminary investigation of the shooting clouded Chief Robert White’s initial statement that two of his officers opened fire after one was struck by the car.
The shooting occurred early Monday after the officers found Jessica Hernandez and four other teenagers inside the car in an alley. White said the officers told the teens several times to get out of the vehicle.
He wouldn’t comment further on Thursday about the sequence of events or what prompted the officers to fire, stressing that the investigation is in its early stages.
A passenger in the car, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, has disputed the official account, saying officers came up on the car from behind and fired four times into the driver’s side window.
The passenger also said the officers did not yell any commands before they fired, and that the car struck the officer after Hernandez was shot and lost control of the …read more
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