The end of July in Denver marked the end of an era in police monitoring as Denver PD made the switch to fully encrypted police radio transmissions. As a scanner enthusiast of several decades, I state it is with extreme sadness and disappointment that I mark this somber scanner monitoring occasion. The Denver Police Department, and Chief Paul Pazen made the switch the last week after lengthy radio testing stating that the encrypted radios would make for safer police work in Denver. Arguments for and against encryption raged over the last few months with the chief adversary of complete encryption being the Denver News Media. DPD proposed monitoring radios to the Media at a cost of over $4,000. per radio but only if the Media agreed to a lengthy and complicated monitoring agreement which was drafted by the Denver City Attorney’s office. To date, none of the Denver Media (including ColoradoNews1.com, the major television stations and the Denver Post) has signed the agreement, which essentially leaves the Media (and therefore the public) in the dark. DPD says the new encrypted radios will keep officers safer, prevent criminals from monitoring police activity, and keep sensitive victim information off the public air waves. Opponents, including the Media, fear the new radios, which are secretive in real time, will hinder the ability to keep the public informed of dynamic and rapidly changing news incidents. Denver PD will still make audio clips of newsworthy incidents available via open records requests however, the audio tapes will not be available in real time to the Media or the public.
As a lifetime scanner buff, this news comes a serious disappointment to me. I am pro law enforcement and I believe officer and public safety come first, but I also fear this move which encrypts all police traffic will severely hinder the professional Media’s ability to adequately serve the public and will keep the public in the dark of general police activity and behavior. The Denver Fire Department encrypted all of its radio traffic with the exception of the Fire Station Vocal alarm last Spring citing compatibly concerns with Denver PD. What this means to the public in practical terms is: no more monitoring of Public Safety in Denver. The public will have to rely in great part now on Social Media alerts from Denver Police and Fire. We at ColoradoNews1.com will do our very best to keep you informed of Denver incidents, but you are likely to see a slowdown of incidents and information of such posted here or elsewhere in the Denver Media from this point forward. Shane Anthony reporting, ColoradoNews1.com
09/06/17 Denver, CO – At least two dozen heavily armed police officers descended upon an attempted homicide suspect this afternoon around 4PM near the intersection of South Monaco Street and East Evans Ave. The arrest was made by teams of multiple police agencies including Aurora PD, Denver PD District 3 and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. The suspect is identified by Aurora Police on their public information blog as 34 year old Michael Christopher Taylor. He was wanted by Aurora Police for attempted first-degree murder in connection with a shooting yesterday that left one man critically injured. The shooting took place yesterday Tuesday September 5th, 2017 at approximately 2:40 P.M. Aurora Police Officers were dispatched to Shaus Motorsport located at 15551 E. 6th Ave on a report of a shooting and found a man suffering gravely from an apparent gunshot wound.
Today’s dramatic daylight arrest took place around 4PM just South and West of Monaco and Evans near a Chase bank and a Starbucks in the parking lot of a former Walmart. When this reporter arrived on the scene I observed at least 2 dozen cops including FBI agents standing guard around a blue sedan with both the driver and passenger windows obviously smashed out, glass scattered on the asphalt parking lot. I was asked by a supervising Aurora fugitive task force Lieutenant not to take photos of the many plain-clothes and even uniformed officers as he said their identities and roles in the arrest were critical to keep anonymous. The same held true for the numerous unmarked police vehicles that flooded the parking lot, some with red and blue LED police lights flashing. I then observed several uniformed officers escorting a man in handcuffs to a marked police cruiser where he was placed inside and whisked away from sight. I asked one unidentified cop at the scene about the dramatic arrest scene and he replied “Yes, it was a good pop!” Several plain clothes and uniformed cops remained at the scene until a tow truck hooked the blue sedan and towed it away from in front of the bank. Surprised civilians eyed the scene with apparent curiosity until the last police car left. As of this writing no other details of this arrest are known to us at ColoradoNews1.com
Aurora Police are not releasing a mug shot of this suspect at this time as this is an ongoing investigation. The identity of the victim, who remains in critical condition, is not being released at this time. Aurora investigators would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with anyone who has information about this case. Witnesses are asked to call Detective Mike Prince with the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit at 303.739.6127 or they can call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867. By using Crime Stoppers tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 say police. The case will be reviewed by the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office. Shane Anthony reporting ColoradoNews1.com
Below is an exclusive slideshow of todays arrest scene. Photos by Shane Anthony ColoradoNews1.com
07/13/17 Denver, CO: Denver Narcotics Detectives and uniformed District 1 officers swooped in on 2 individuals today in the Highland Neighborhood during part of a larger narcotics surveillance and investigation. Around 3:30PM today a car containing a man and woman was tailed by the cops from another location in the Highland Neighborhood which had been under surveillance. Plain cloths narcotics detectives and uniformed cops in marked patrol cars boxed in the two car occupants at the intersection of W. 29th Ave. and N. Zuni streets. Highland residents and people driving by the intersection were surprised by the dramatic car stop and the sudden appearance of numerous police officers. The man and woman in the car were taken into custody without further incident. Officers on the scene indicated to this reporter that at least one of the two suspects had an outstanding felony warrant for arrest. Cops on the scene searched the suspect vehicle and found a substance which one officer described as a form of illegal narcotic. No-one was injured in the arrests. No other information is available as of this posting. Shane Anthony reporting ColoradoNews1.com
Below are photos of the narcotics related car stop and arrests made in the Denver Highland Neighborhood this afternoon. Exclusive photos by Shane Anthony ColoradoNews1.com
03/08/17 Denver, CO – A shooting incident took place on this date in the 8300 block of E. Colfax Ave. (around N. Valentia St.). The shooting occurred around 4:30PM today and sent one person to a local hospital by ambulance with lights and siren. Scanner radio traffic described a dangerous and chaotic scene as multiple armed suspects may have fled the shooting scene. An extremely large police presence took place at multiple scenes including the E. Colfax and Valentia St. shooting location. A large team of Denver PD patrol cops, detectives, supervisors and crime scene techs responded to the numerous crime and evidence scenes. Traffic was re-routed on Colfax in the area for several hours while police investigated the incident. At one location of E. 13th Ave. and N. Ulster St. this reporter observed a suspect in handcuffs being processed for possible evidence by a Crime Lab technician. No other info on the shooting is available as of this posting. Shane Anthony reporting ColoradoNews1.com
Below is an exclusive slideshow of the Colfax and Valentia St. shooting scene on 03/08/17. Photos by Shane Anthony ColoradoNews1.com
03/06/17 Denver, CO – Denver District 6 cops and K9 officers apprehended a late night burglary suspect on this date at the Polaris at Ebert Elementary School located at 410 Park Ave. West. The call came in around 10:15 Sunday night. Denver Public Schools security was receiving multiple alarms from inside the school. DPS officers and Denver District 6 cops surrounded the school building at Park Ave. West and Tremont St. with their red and blue lights flashing in against the darkness. Denver K9 officers (and their handlers) were called to the scene once a police parameter was secured. Around 12:30AM (Monday) the police dogs made contact (literally) with the male burglary suspect inside the school. The suspect was escorted out of the school in handcuffs and was walked to a Denver Health ambulance for treatment of bites from at least 1 police dog. No other info is available as of this posting. Shane Anthony reporting ColoradoNews1.com
Below scenes from a late night break in that occurred at the Polaris at Ebert Elementary School in Downtown Denver. Photos by Shane Anthony ColoradoNews1.com
03/05/17 Denver, CO – Violence broke out early this morning at 2 separate night clubs in Denver sending at least 2 people to local hospitals. Both incidents occurred close to bar closing time. The first incident took place at the Proof Nightclub located in SE Denver at 7800 E. Hamden around 1AM. Denver District 3 cops were called there lights and sirens to a report of a fight in the parking lot. Several police supervisors responded to the scene to sort things out. When this reporter arrived on the scene I observed several large groups of people standing in the parking lot of the club. Witnesses to the fight told me that one or more bar bouncers may have been involved in the alteration with a male bar patron. I was also shown a car with dents in it where according to witnesses the fight had reportedly spilled over onto the car. The condition of the brawl victim is not known to us as of this posting.
In a separate incident, around 2AM a person was reportedly shot in front of Club Vinyl at 1082 Broadway St. in downtown Denver. District 6 police blocked off a large scene there while they investigated that occurrence. No other info was made available to us about the shooting. Shane Anthony reporting ColoradoNews1.com
Below is a slideshow of the Proof nightclub where a serious fight broke out on 03/05/17 near closing time. Photos by Shane Anthony ColoradoNews1.com
Below are photos of Club Vinyl in downtown Denver where a shooting took place outside at closing time on 03/05/17
03/04/17 Denver, CO – Gunfire erupted in North East Denver this evening across a several block area. Nobody was reported hit in the incidents but one young couple had an exceptionally close call. Numerous 911 reports of multiple gunshots being fired came in around 8PM on this date in the vicinity of E. 36th Ave. and N. Vine Street. Police were busy blocking off intersections and investigating the shots fired in that neighborhood when a young couple driving their pickup truck was struck by bullets just south of there near Bruce Randolph and N. High Street. The pickup was being driven by a 18 year old man with his 19 year old girlfriend riding in the passenger seat. According to the couple a man on foot emerged from the shadows and fired at their truck as they were driving to get a pizza. Bullets shattered their passenger window and ripped just inches behind the young woman’s head punching a hole in her seat headrest. The young man and woman were thankfully uninjured. This reporter overheard a uniformed patrol cop tell the young woman that someone was looking over the couple this evening as the headrest bullet struck dangerously close to her. Another neighbor named Jason told us that some residents reported hearing up to 40 gunshots during the shooting incidents including at least one really loud sound that he described as “Ka-Bam”! No suspect info was made available to ColoradoNews1.com as of this posting. Shane Anthony reporting AuroraNews1.com
Below is an exclusive slideshow of the shooting incident that almost struck a young couple in their pickup truck. Photos by Shane Anthony AuroraNews1.com
03/01/17 Denver, CO – A fire on this date sent dozens scrambling to safety and sent smoke and flames billowing into the afternoon sky. The fire which broke out around 4PM today called for a large response by the Denver Fire Department. The fire occurred at the Artisan Apartments located at 10025 E. Girard Ave. near the JFK Golf course in South East Denver. First arriving fire units observed heavy fire and smoke from an apartment building and immediately called in a 2nd alarm. Numerous firefighters pulled fire hoses from hydrants and snaked water-charged lines in-between the crowded dwellings. When this reporter arrived on the scene the main body of the fire had been knocked down but firefighters were still scurrying around with hoses and fire gear in hand in an effort the keep the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings. Also, several families appeared to be leaving the fire area with pets in hand. Thick smoke hung in the air with early March sunlight scattering through it in rays. No civilians were reported injured in the incident. There was one report of a firefighter receiving minor injuries while battling the blaze. Denver Fire Department investigators were on the scene (as is routine in a fire of this size) in an effort to determine what may have caused the fire in the first place. Shane Anthony reporting ColoradoNews1.com
Below is a slideshow of todays 2-Alarm fire at the Artisan Apartments in SE Denver. Photos by Shane Anthony ColoradoNews1.com
02/26/17 Denver, CO – Around 2PM today Denver police were dispatched to what initially came in as a robbery in-progress near the intersection of S. Colorado Blvd. and E. Mexico Ave. Upon arrival District 3 cops found a man pinned to the ground by at least one other man near an ATM machine and the officers had to sort out the scene. According to a man at the scene named “Mark” here’s what transpired: Mark was trying to use the ATM at the Chase bank when a man who was acting what he described as “crazy” approached him and asked for money. When Mark refused the request, the man became aggressive and held up both of his hands in fists as if to start a fight and he asked again for money. That’s when Mark decided enough was enough and he took the “crazy acting” guy to the ground and pinned him there until the DPD cavalry arrived. Mark was uninjured in the incident but the “crazy guy” did receive a scratch on his head during the scuffle and he subsequently took an ambulance ride to the hospital. I talked with Mark after the excitement as he once again used the ATM to finish the deposit he had been trying to make in the first place. He seemed unfazed by the whole Pro Wrestling ordeal as he wandered away with his ATM deposit receipt in hand. Shane Anthony reporting ColoradoNews1.com
02/25/17 Denver, CO – Denver police traffic investigators were called this evening to the scene of a serious injury motorcycle vs. car accident in the 4900 block of Brighton Blvd. around 7PM on this date. Denver traffic investigators known as “Tom-Cars” were busy photographing the scene when this reporter arrived on the scene. A motorcycle on its side and a van were surrounded by yellow evidence markers on the pavement. At least one individual was transported lights and siren to a local hospital by ambulance. Denver “Tom-Cars” are typically called out for accidents involving serious bodily injury or death to the crash victims. District 2 cops were slammed in a short time frame around the motorbike accident. At about the same time as the motorcycle crash, DPD cops also responded several blocks north of that scene to Brighton Blvd. and N. Columbine St. on a report of a Chevy Suburban stuck on railroad tracks. In that incident a train had to be stopped while a tow truck removed the stuck vehicle from its path. Shane Anthony reporting ColoradoNews1.com