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Suspect accused of shooting two Denver police officers committed suicide

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jan 31, 2019

DENVER –  The Denver County Coroner announced that the suspect involved in the shooting of two Denver police officers on Sunday committed suicide. 35-year old Joseph Quintana, died of a gunshot wound, according to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

Investigators say Joseph Quintana shot Officer Richard Jaramillo and Officer Steve Gameroz and then barricaded himself in a home and refused to come out. After spending hours negotiating with Quintana, officers fired tear gas into the home and a fire started inside. Quintana was taken into custody at about 6:00 p.m. and rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police scanner recordings confirm officers were called to the 600 block of Inca Street just before 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Police were contacted again around 11:40 a.m. with more reports of shots fired. The standoff with Quintana began around 1:30 p.m. after police say he shot the two officers.

Officer Jaramillio was released from Denver Health at about noon on Thursday. Officer Gameroz remains hospitalized in fair condition, but he is expected to make a full recovery.