Denver Pigs Shoot Unarmed Man

Veteran Denver cops shot unarmed man

Posted: 09/29/2008 02:36:36 PM MDT

Updated: 03/29/2010 11:41:28 PM MDT
Police have identified two officers who shot an unarmed man in Denver last week.

Detective Joseph Hamel, a 13-year veteran of the force, and Officer Steven Letendre, who has been on the force for nine years, wounded 19-year-old Nicholas Loera in an apartment building in the 1300 block of Washington Street near St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.

Loera, 19, had an outstanding arrest warrant for a parole violation at the time of the shooting, according to Sonny Jackson, spokesman for the Denver Police Department.

Loera, who police first suspected was a serial criminal known as the “inside-out robber,” was shot multiple times at about 11:55 a.m. Wednesday after officers approached him near Washington Street and East Colfax Avenue.

Police said Loera threatened to shoot the officers and made a motion as though he was pulling a pistol when the two officers shot him multiple times. Loera, however, was not armed.

The day of the shooting, Loera was taken to Denver Health Medical Center in serious condition. Details on his condition were not available.  The shooting remains under investigation.

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or

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