Three Denver police officers were justified in shooting at a 47-year-old man allegedly connected to an armed robbery in December that left a homeowner dead and another woman critically injured, District Attorney Beth McCann announced Wednesday.
Officers John Repjar and Crystal Thomas, along with Corporal Jeffery Jenkins, all fired their weapons at Larry Hamm, who police say fled the deadly armed robbery and attempted to carjack multiple drivers near 1000 North Monaco Parkway.
Repjar and Thomas shot at but missed Hamm, hitting a car traveling southbound. Jenkins shot the 47-year-old three times, and Hamm later died at a hospital.
“This was an incredibly chaotic incident that spilled into the busy streets of Denver,” McCann said in a news release. “Larry Hamm was a threat to public safety and in this tense and dangerous situation, these officers were justified in using deadly force against him.”
On Dec. 28, officers responded to an armed robbery in progress at 950 North Monaco Parkway. As officers approached the house, they heard a gunshot and saw Hamm wearing a construction vest and holding a gun, McCann wrote in her decision letter.
Inside the house, police found the homeowner, Mark Outman, 64, dead and a visiting family member critically wounded, authorities said.
As officers pursued, Hamm tried to carjack multiple drivers at gunpoint on North Monaco Parkway, McCann wrote. Repjar and Thomas then shot at Hamm but missed. Hamm discarded his gun as he fled again, police said.
Jenkins observed Hamm attempting to get in another car, warning the suspect, “If you get in that car, I’m shooting you,” the district attorney said in the letter. When Hamm got into the car on the passenger side, Jenkins shot him three times.
Police arrested two other individuals in connection with the fatal armed robbery: Tameka Lanise Dudley, 44, and Joshua Hamm, 38. They face multiple charges, including first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.
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