October 20, 2023: A Colorado woman is facing several counts of vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal crash on I-25 earlier this month that took the lives of two people.
The suspect, whose identity is not being released at this time because she remains hospitalized, will be charged with two counts of Vehicular Homicide with DUI, two counts of Vehicular Homicide Reckless, one count of Vehicular Assault DUI, one count of Vehicular Assault Reckless, DUI, and DUI Per Se. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has accepted the charges.
The crash happened on Friday, October 6, around 10:15 pm on NB I-25 at mile marker 228 between 144th Avenue and Highway 7. The investigation revealed the suspect was driving under the influence of alcohol when she hit a vehicle parked on the side of the roadway for a flat tire.
Two adults, one inside of the parked vehicle and one outside, sadly lost their lives as a result of the crash. They were pronounced deceased at the scene. An additional three people, including the suspect and a young child, were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries.
Out of respect for the family, the names and ages of the deceased will be released by the Broomfield and Adams County Coroner.
October 16, 2023: The Broomfield Police Department continues to investigate a fatal stabbing that occurred on Wednesday, October 11, at a home in the 3900 block of Cambridge Avenue in the Brandywine Neighborhood.
Officers were called to the home around 3:00 p.m. for a stabbing. Upon arrival, they found an adult male deceased inside the home. The Adams and Broomfield County Coroner has since identified that person as 30-year-old Trenten Hansen, the suspect in a daytime robbery.
Two adult residents were inside the home during the robbery, and one of them fatally stabbed the suspect. One of the residents sustained minor injuries.
Detectives are working to determine how Hansen got to the area and why he entered that specific home in Brandywine. In order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, no additional information will be released at this time.
October 9, 2023: The Broomfield Police Department continues to investigate a deadly crash that occured on Friday night. It happened around 10:15 pm on NB I-25 at mile marker 228, between 144th Avenue and Highway 7.
Two vehicles were involved in the crash, which closed the NB lanes of the highway for several hours. The investigation revealed a vehicle traveling NB on I-25 hit a vehicle parked on the side of the roadway for a flat tire.
Two people, one inside of the parked vehicle and one outside, sadly lost their lives as a result of the crash. They were pronounced deceased at the scene. An additional three people, including a young child, were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries.
The Broomfield Police Department Traffic Team responded to the crash and is leading the investigation. The exact cause of the crash, including any contributing factors, remains under investigation and is not available for release at this time.
The names and ages of the deceased will be released by the Broomfield and Adams County Coroner. Additional details will be shared as they become available.
October 2, 2023: The Broomfield Police Department, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies across the state, is warning community members to be aware of “Sextortion” scammers impersonating law enforcement working for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit.
Sextortion is a form of child exploitation where children are threatened or blackmailed most often associated with producing an explicit image. In these cases, victims are interacting with someone online which eventually leads to sharing an explicit image with someone they thought they knew or trusted. In many cases, they are targeted by individuals they met online who obtained the images through deceit, coercion or some other method.
The victim is then informed that to remove themselves from the situation, they must send money, a money order, or a gift card to an address of the scammer. As a reminder, police will never ask for any type of payment.
Predators use phones to stalk and blackmail children on social media and dating apps. One common sextortion trend targets boys between 14 and 17 years old. Adult predators pretending to be young girls fake romantic interest in the victims through gaming platforms, apps and social media sites. The predators carrying out this crime have honed their techniques and approaches to maximize their chances of success. The following are some common tactics these predators use to entice victims:
- Developing a false rapport with the victim.
- Secretly recording explicit videos and messages during chats.
- Using multiple identities to contact the child.
- Pretending to be younger or a member of the opposite sex.
- Hacking accounts to steal sexual images.
- Threatening to commit suicide if the victim refuses to send images.
Visiting public social media profiles to find out more about the victim, including accessing the victim’s friend list and searching for other personal information that may harm the victim’s reputation.
A variety of names of local law enforcement officers including ICAC detectives have been used in these predatory scams, and the scammers claim to work locally or from various agencies nationwide.If you or someone you know is a victim, help is available.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipline (CyberTipline.org) gives the public and electronic service providers the ability to report suspected child sexual exploitation, including sextortion and online enticement. After NCMEC completes its review of a tip it receives, it compiles a report that becomes available to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Let NCMEC help get images of you down. Visit MissingKids.org/IsYourExplicitContentOutThere to learn more.
NCMEC also offers a service called Take It Down, which helps remove nude, partially nude or sexually explicit photos and videos of underage people by assigning a unique digital fingerprint, called a hash value, to the images or videos. Online platforms can use those hash values to detect these images or videos on their public or unencrypted services and take action to remove this content. (takeitdown.ncmec.org/)
Additional Information about Sextortion:
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- Department of Homeland Security
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
The Colorado Springs Police Department is the lead agency for the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force which is comprised of approximately 98 affiliate law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The Colorado ICAC Task Force investigates subjects who sexually exploit and lure Colorado’s most vulnerable victims. The Colorado Springs ICAC Task Force is comprised of detectives from the Colorado Springs Police Department, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Special Agents with Homeland Security Investigations, and a Special Agent with the Department of Army Criminal Investigation Division.
Broomfield Police: 911 or Non-Emergency 303-438-6400
August 21, 2023: The Broomfield Police Department has arrested two people accused of breaking into several vehicles over the weekend.
The trespasses happened overnight Saturday into Sunday in the area of Arista Place and Broomfield Lane. Twenty-four-year-old Charles Dowell and 33-year-old Alicia Hernandez were booked into the Broomfield Detention Center on felony warrants out of Denver, and are awaiting additional charges in connection with the weekend trespasses.
Both were found with a large amount of property including small bags, loose change, sunglass cases, paperwork, and more. At least three victims have been identified.
The BPD is asking anyone else whose vehicle was trespassed in the Arista neighborhood over the weekend to please contact Detective Pihlak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-887-3158.
August 11, 2023: The Broomfield Police Department is reminding residents to remove all valuables from their vehicles and lock all car doors overnight. In addition, please remember to remove garage door openers from vehicles, close overhead doors, and lock all interior garage doors.
The BPD is currently investigating a series of vehicle tresspasses and home burglaries in the area of Spruce Meadows, near 152nd Avenue and Zuni Street from earlier this week. Detectives have confirmed the suspects are connected to similar incidents in Cherry Hills Village, south of Denver.
At least one of the suspects was carrying a handgun during the burglaries in Broomfield. If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, please call 911 immediately. The Broomfield Police Department has increased patrols in the area.
In addition to locking your vehicle remember to do the following things as part of your "9PM Routine":
- Take keys out of vehicles
- Set alarms
- Lock windows
- Make sure exterior lights are working properly
- Make sure exterior surveillance cameras are working properly
- Check on your neighbors to make sure their garage doors are closed
July 10, 2023: The Broomfield Police Department continues to investigate a shots fired call that occurred over the weekend in front of the “Jus’ Burritos” restaurant located on Hwy 287.
The incident occurred on Saturday around 12:30 pm. The suspect, 45-year-old Kenneth Fairchild, was arrested and booked into the Broomfield Detention Center on several felony charges. Fairchild is accused of firing one shot from a rifle at the restaurant. Thankfully no injuries have been reported.
Detectives are still working to piece together the full timeline of events from Saturday. Anyone who may have seen Fairchild, or his vehicle, is asked to call Broomfield Police Detective Naysmith at 720-887-3196 or email at email@example.com.
March 2, 2023: In October 2022, the Broomfield Police Department began partnering with the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and several local service providers to create a high-risk domestic violence team (DVHRT).
The collaborative, multidisciplinary team provides an enhanced response to situations involving domestic violence to better ensure individuals are not just cared for, but also offered the appropriate resources.
Now that this team is in place, when Broomfield Officers respond to a scene involving domestic violence, they’re required to fill out an additional, scorable assessment form for each victim to determine their risk level for future incidents. That individual is then referred to DVHRT for more advanced support and access to wrap-around services, such as temporary housing, legal assistance, mental health treatment and more.
The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office says the goal is to remove the silos that law enforcement, non-profits, and other government agencies sometimes operate within so information can be shared for the sake of the survivor’s safety.
The team is funded by $2 million in federal appropriations that were obtained by United States Congressmen Ed Perlmutter, Joe Neguse, and Jason Crow in 2022.
“Domestic Violence continues to be a pressing issue for communities across the Denver Metro Area in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Broomfield Police Department Victim Services Coordinator Linda Sidenstick said. “If a victim is assessed as high-risk, it’s imperative that they and their children receive the support and services necessary to protect them from future relationship violence.”
Every Broomfield Police officer, detective, and victim advocate has been trained on the program and its corresponding assessment form. Members of DVHRT meet weekly to ensure survivors are receiving the care they need in a timely manner.
“Being able to roundtable with other agencies and community resources has definitely pushed everyone to think outside the box,” Sidenstick said. “It’s great knowing that if we happen to miss something, our collaborators are able to catch it and address it immediately.”
February 21, 2023: The Broomfield Police Department is aware of the increase in property crime in the Via Varra area of Broomfield. Located near US-36 and the Northwest Parkway the area consists mainly of multi-family housing. Since the beginning of the year, the police department has taken reports of criminal trespass, motor vehicle theft, and criminal mischief in the area.
The numbers are concerning for both residents and officers alike. Every victim of a property crime deserves answers. Detectives with the Broomfield Police Department (BPD) have been working tirelessly to find those responsible. The investigation is complex, detailed, and involves several law enforcement agencies in the Denver Metro Area. Several suspects have been identified. As to not compromise the integrity of the overall investigation, no additional information will be released at this time.
In the meantime, the Broomfield Police Department will continue to dedicate as many resources as possible to both crime prevention and resolution. Additional enforcement, directed patrols, and special enforcement plans are top priorities for the BPD right now, along with public education, crime prevention, and community outreach.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself, and your property, from becoming the victim of a crime of opportunity. Set up your “9PM Routine” and follow it every night. That includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Removing all valuables from vehicles and locking doors
- Closing overhead garage doors and locking inner garage doors
- Closing and locking all exterior doors and windows
- Turning on front and back exterior lights
- Setting alarms and security cameras
The Neighborhood Watch program is another resource for community members who are looking to better protect themselves, their families, and their property. Neighborhood Watch is a community network that enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with public safety agencies to prepare for “all hazards” in their communities.
The Broomfield Police Department encourages residents to call and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood by calling 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number at 303-438-6400.
February 13, 2023: The Broomfield Police Department has arrested one person in connection with a shooting death that happened on Friday evening at a home in the 3100 block of W. 134th Circle, in the Westlake Neighborhood.
The suspect, 26-year-old Jeremiah Bateman, was arrested and booked into the Broomfield Detention Center on one charge of manslaughter.
Officers were called to the home just before 6:00 p.m. for a shooting. Upon arrival, they found an adult male deceased inside the home. The name and age of the victim will be released at a later time by the Broomfield and Adams County Coroner.
Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. At this time there is no danger to the community.
January 6, 2023: SCAM ALERT! Several residents have received phone calls recently from a person(s) pretending to be a Broomfield Police Department Officer or Detective. During one such call, the person identified himself as Detective Lang, claimed the issue was urgent, and demanded a call back at what appeared to be a local number.
While the BPD does have a Detective Lang on staff, no police department employee will ever call you asking for money to satisfy an outstanding warrant, failure to appear for jury duty, etc.
Please be aware this is a scam. If you have received a call like this please call our non-emergency line at 303.438.6400 to let us know. You can also always call dispatch to verify the validity of a police department call and/or voicemail.
December 9, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department has arrested a suspect accused of taking photos under women’s dresses while they were shopping in the area of the Flatiron Crossing Mall, in November.
Thirty-year-old Jacob Padilla-Lesperance was arrested on November 27, 2022 and booked into the Broomfield Detention Center on the charge of Invasion of Privacy, a class two misdemeanor. Padilla-Lesperance has since posted bond. A female victim reported to police that an unknown male had been taking a video up her dress while she was shopping at the mall in late November. Padilla-Lesperance was identified and later arrested at his home in Broomfield.
It’s believed there may be additional victims. If you, or someone you know, were victimized by the suspect during the month of November, please contact Detective Random Pihlak at 720-887-3158 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Victims Services Unit has victim advocates available 24/7 to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, and resources. An advocate can be reached by calling the Broomfield Police Department non-emergency line at 303-438-6400.
December 1, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department is investigating a series of commercial burglaries that occurred over the weekend.
In total, 11 burglaries were reported between Saturday, November 26 and Monday, November 28. During each of the incidents, the suspect(s) broke into the business when it was closed by throwing a rock through a window or using a pry bar on the door. Cash was taken from several of the businesses, but nothing else.
At this time, detectives believe the same suspect(s) are responsible for burglaries at the following locations:
1300 block of W. Midway Blvd.
1200 block of E. 1st Ave.
11400 block of Via Varra (2 separate businesses)
1400 block of Hwy 287
1300 block of Hwy 287 (2 separate businesses)
1000 block E. 10th Ave. (2 separate businesses)
2000 block of W. 136th Ave. 12900 block of Lowell Blvd.
Detectives are actively pursuing all leads in an attempt to identify and locate the suspect(s). Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Broomfield Police Department at 303-438-6400. (Surveillance video and photos are not available for release at this time).
November 14, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department is asking the community for help locating a vehicle, and it's owner, who is wanted in connection with a sexual assault that occurred on September 25, 2022.
The attached photos were taken by a surveillance camera outside of the Walgreens located at the corner of Midway Blvd and Hwy 287 in Broomfield. They were captured around 1:50 in the morning.
The vehicle is believed to be a 2009-2015 Toyota Prius with an unknown sticker/symbol on both sides of it. The driver may also work for a ride share. If you have any information, please contact Detective Jennifer King-Sullivan at 303-438-6461 or at email@example.com. Thank you.
September 29, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department is assisting with the investigation into an officer-involved shooting that occurred near the intersection of Sheridan Blvd and Midway Blvd Thursday afternoon.
The initial call to dispatch came in around 3 p.m. as an assist to another agency. The Denver Police Fugitive Unit was in Broomfield attempting to locate a suspect who was wanted on a warrant, and was also a person of interest with a homicide investigation.
The suspect was located in a white Ford Edge heading southbound on Sheridan. While attempting to turn left onto Midway, the suspect collided with a blue Ford Explorer. The suspect then fled his vehicle and attempted to car jack a gray sedan.
At that time, the suspect fired shots at the Denver Officers who returned fire hitting the suspect. The male suspect died at the scene. One Denver Officer was also shot and taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. He is stable and expected to recover from his injuries.
No one else was injured during the incident. The intersection of Sheridan and Midway will remain closed for several hours while the 17th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team processes the scene. The identity of the deceased will be released by the Broomfield and Adams County Coroner.
September 26, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department continues to investigate Sunday's homicide at the Stonegate Apartments, located in the 11800 block of Ridge Parkway.
The suspect, 28-year-old John Ramos, was arrested on Sunday night and booked into the Broomfield Detention Center on one charge of First Degree Murder and Domestic Violence charges. Ramos is being held without bond pending the filing of formal charges by the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Officers were called to the apartment complex just before 5:30 p.m. on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival they found an adult female deceased inside one of the apartments. The name and age of the victim, along with the official cause of death, will be released at a later time by the Broomfield and Adams County Coroner.
Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the homicide. At this time there is no danger to the community. Anyone who has additional details regarding the investigation, who has not already spoken with police, can call the Broomfield Police Department at 303-438-6400.
July 25, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department is investigating an overnight disturbance at the Academy Place Apartments at 7105 W. 120th Ave, near the intersection of 120th Avenue and Main Street.
Officers were called to the apartment complex just after 1:00 a.m. for a disturbance. Upon arrival they found an adult male deceased inside one of the units. The cause of death is currently under investigation. A juvenile was taken into custody at the scene.
Broomfield Police Department Detectives continue to investigate what led up to the disturbance. There is no danger to the community. Additional details are not available for public release at this time, including the name of the juvenile. The name and age of the deceased will be released by the Adams and Broomfield County Coroner’s Office.
Detectives are working with the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, charges will be filed. All additional questions should be directed to the District Attorney’s office.
April 26, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department recognizes National Crime Victims' Right Week, April 24-30, 2022. The faces of crime victims are those of our family, friends, and neighbors.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) of the U.S. Department of Justice leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by promoting victims’ rights, and honoring crime victims along with those who advocate on their behalf.
This year’s theme is "Rights, Access, Equity for all Victims." It celebrates the contributions we all can make toward supporting the healing journeys of crime victims. Trust is collective as well as individual, so we are honoring both the individual victims in our community as well as the groups engaged in building networks of understanding and support.
To recognize victims of crime and their loved ones, baskets of ribbons will be available in the foyer of the Broomfield Police Department through April 30. Residents are encouraged to pick up a ribbon, write the name of a loved one on it, and tie the ribbon to the tree planted outside the department in honor of victims.
For additional information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and for information on how to support victims in your community, please contact Broomfield Victim Services at 303-438-6429 or visit https://www.broomfield.org/304/Victim-Services.
April 11, 2022: The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced today that Shane Hammond, the man accused of kidnapping a Broomfield girl more than two-years-ago, was successfully convicted on Friday.
“This guilty verdict ends a years-long investigation by Broomfield Officers, Detectives, and Crime Scene Analysts.” Chief of Police Enea Hempelmann said. “I am pleased justice has been served, and commend the dedicated work of all those involved.”
The kidnapping was first reported to the Broomfield Police Department on August 19, 2019. A young girl walking home from school in the Broadlands Neighborhood said a man in a gray truck forced her into his vehicle. She fought back and was able to get away.
Apart from witness statements and a few still photos taken by neighborhood security cameras, little additional evidence was available. That didn’t deter detectives, who spent more than six months tracking down the suspect’s truck.
Hammond’s vehicle was identified and located in February 2020. A comprehensive investigation was conducted with the assistance of additional law enforcement agencies. The combination of efforts led to significant evidence against Hammond, which resulted in the district attorney issuing a warrant for his arrest.
“This is why our men and women come to work everyday. To not just solve crimes, but also to bring justice to those who have been victimized.” Hempelmann said. “This case understandably rattled our community, and I am so proud of everyone at the police department who never gave up on finding the suspect.”
Hammond is being held at the Broomfield Detention Center, awaiting his sentencing hearing. The entire news release from the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on Hammond’s conviction can be read here: https://adamsbroomfieldda.org/blog/8761/Defendant-Convicted-of-Kidnapping-12-Year-Old-Broomfield-Girl-on-Walk-Home-from-School-
February 28, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department is proud to announce the promotion of Nobi Gailus, Nick Sprague, and Mike Svela to commander. In addition, Clint Hess, Vince Lopez, Josh McCollum, Larry Ottosen, and Nick Weiman are being promoted to the role of sergeant.
“A rigorous promotional process was conducted over the past couple of weeks for the positions of sergeant and commander. We had many qualified candidates apply and test for these positions,” Chief of Police Enea Hempelmann said. “These were incredibly difficult decisions due to the outstanding quality of all the candidates. The time and effort invested in preparing for, and participating in, this competitive assessment process was evident, and the department is fortunate to have such well qualified candidates.”
All eight of the promotions are due to recent vacancies, and specific assignments will be determined in the near future. The assignments will take effect on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. The promotional ceremony for New Deputy Chiefs Mark Goodell and Roger Plunkett, along with the new sergeants and commanders is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16.
February 24, 2022: On Wednesday night, Feb. 23, the Broomfield Police Department received tips concerning a student who made threats against Prospect Ridge Academy Charter School. Officers made contact with the student Wednesday evening and initiated an investigation.
Out of respect for the concerns of the community, school officials made the decision to close the school out of an abundance of caution on Thursday, Feb. 24. There is no threat to the community at this time.
The police department investigations unit, along with school resource officers, will remain in constant communication with the school. No additional information is available for release at this time. School is scheduled as normal for Friday, Feb. 25. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this incident.
February 15, 2022: New Deputy Chiefs Named by Chief of Police
Upon review of the current organizational structure, increase in population, and the complexities involved in operating both a police department and a detention center, a third deputy chief has been added. Now, under Chief Hempelmann’s leadership, the BPD will be organized into three bureaus with eight divisions. Traditionally, the department has been organized into two bureaus with seven divisions.
This starts with the promotion of Commander Mark Goodell and Commander Roger Plunkett to serve as the department’s newest deputy chiefs following an in-depth promotional process.
“These promotions are well-earned and deserved,” Chief Enea Hempelmann said. “For decades, these two leaders have played pivotal roles in supporting the growing and changing department and community of Broomfield. I look forward to working with the deputy chiefs, and the entire department, to continue implementing and enhancing our core values of service, compassion, respect, integrity, pride, professionalism and trust.”
Current Deputy Chief Mike Clement will oversee the Special Operations Bureau, which consists of Technical Services, Investigations, and Administrative Services. Deputy Chief Plunkett will be assigned to the Field Operations Bureau that oversees Patrol and Special Services, and Deputy Chief Mark Goodell will oversee the Support Services Bureau, which includes the Broomfield Detention Center and Strategic Services.
The assignments take effect on Wednesday, Feb. 23, and a promotional ceremony will be scheduled in the near future.
February 9, 2022: Sadly, on February 1, retired Broomfield Chief of Police Tom Deland passed away unexpectedly. A funeral Mass for Chief Deland will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 11 at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church located at 900 W. Midway Blvd. in Broomfield.
Parking at the church will be limited. Overflow parking will be available for community members who are planning to attend at 6 Garden Center. The City and County of Broomfield will have two shuttle buses available to drive attendees from the parking lot at 6 Garden Center to the church starting at 1 p.m, and then back to the parking lot following the service. The funeral service is set to begin promptly at 2 p.m., so please allow enough time for parking and transportation. Masks are required on the buses per a federal regulation on public transportation.
A private procession from the church to the Chateaux at Fox Meadows will follow the funeral service. The celebration of life event at the Chateaux is open to the public, beginning right after the Mass.
Be advised that east-bound Midway Boulevard will be closed from Kohl Street to West 3rd Avenue Drive from 12:30 to 4 p.m. There will be increased police presence in and around Nativity Church and School before, during, and after the funeral service. Please know this is standard protocol for a high-profile police event. There is no danger to the community.
The City and County of Broomfield, along with the Police Department, would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this event.
February 2, 2022: It is with a great amount of sadness that we regret to announce the death of former, longtime Broomfield Chief of Police Tom Deland. Retired Chief Deland passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
“Our hearts are broken at the Police Department and across the city and county today as we work to process this loss,” said current Chief of Police Enea Hempelmann. “Chief Deland’s leadership impacted me personally, and so many of us, and his legacy will remain deeply-rooted in our department for years to come.”
Chief Deland was a member of the Broomfield Police Department for 37 years, 23 of which he was Chief of Police. He led the BPD as it transformed from a small town operation, to a large department serving both the City and County of Broomfield. Chief Deland’s accomplishments were endless.
After his retirement in 2014, Chief Deland continued to be active in the department and the community, most notably in his dedicated service with the Broomfield Rotary. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. To say he loved his hometown would be an understatement.
We ask that you please keep Chief Deland’s family in your prayers, especially his wife, Linda, and son and daughter, Joey and Michelle.
A full obituary detailing Chief Deland’s many more accomplishments is forthcoming, along with information about his funeral service. We will share as we learn more from Chief Deland’s family.
January 4, 2022: The Broomfield Police Department continues to investigate Monday’s stabbing at a home in the 13000 block of Grove Court, in the Westlake Neighborhood of Broomfield.
The suspect, 31-year-old Joseph Majewski, was arrested Monday night and is being held at the Broomfield Detention Center on one charge of First Degree Murder, one charge of Attempted First Degree Murder, and one charge of First Degree Assault.
Officers were called to Majewski’s home just before 5 p.m. for a disturbance and stabbing. Upon arrival they found an adult female deceased inside the home. An adult male was also stabbed and taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. The condition of the male victim is not available at this time.
Detectives continue to investigate what led up to the stabbings. The suspect and the victims knew each other; at this time there is no danger to the community. Additional details are not available for public release at this time, including the name of the injured. The name and age of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner.
Anyone who has additional details regarding this investigation, who has not already spoken with police, can call the Broomfield Police Department at 303-438-6400.
November 5, 2021: Please join Chief of Police Gary Creager, and the entire Broomfield Police Department in congratulating the following 2020-2021 award recipients:
- 2020 Employee of the Year - Administration Technician I Jessica Coogan
- 2021 Employee of the Year - Administration Technician II/Public Information Officer Tiffany Weed
- 2020 Officer of the Year - Police Officer Larry Ottosen
- 2020 Detention Officer of the Year - Andrew Johnson
- 2021 Officer of the Year - Detective Vince Lopez
- 2021 Detention/Court Security Officer of the Year - Dustin Spinder
- 2020 Supervisor of the Year - Patrol Sgt. Michael Deedon
- 2021 Supervisor of the Year - Investigations Sgt. Michael Svela
- 2021 Detention Supervisor of the Year - Sgt. Collin Kulaga
- Meritorious Service Awards: Court Security Officer Bob Shepard, Budget and Financial Analyst Barb Murphy,
Patrol Sgt. Gene Pearson, Crime Scene Investigator Steve Austin, Communications Specialist Lisa Germano,
Police Officer Jeff Smith, Victim Services Coordinator Maureen Testa, Communications Supervisor Monty
- Bravery: Police Officer Robert Brewer, Police Officer Eric Jochum, Police Officer John O'Hayre, Police Officer
Nathan Koch, Police Officer Jordan Heffner, Police Officer Veronica Yanez, Police Officer Larry Ottosen, Police
Officer Michael Traudt, Police Officer Kyle Timmerman, Police Officer Dashawn Abram
- Life Saving: Police Officer William Cornett, Detective Random Pihlak, Detective Jarrod Lang, Police Officer Nick
Weiman, Police Officer Ryan Perry, Police Officer Alex Gann, Police Officer Josh McCollum, Detective Brian
Lunsford, Police Officer Jordan Heffner, Detective Shane Mortensen, Detective Danny Gomez, Detention Sgt.
Fernando Ortiz, Detention Officer Larry Morales, Detention Officer Traci Leese, Detention Officer Jerri Reiff,
Detention Officer John Heaton.
- Other awards handed out include Chief's Commendation, Unit Citation, Police Commendation, Community
Service, Volunteer, Safe Driving, FTO/DTO, MPO and Years of Service.
September 26, 2021: The Broomfield Police Department continues to investigate Saturday’s shooting outside the Walgreens store at Midway Blvd. and Zuni St.
The suspect, 19-year-old Broomfield resident Trevor Woodruff, was arrested on Saturday and is being held at the Broomfield Detention Center on one charge of First Degree Murder, two charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, and two charges of Assault in the First Degree with Injury.
Officers were called to the Walgreens just after 11:30 am Saturday on reports of shots fired in the parking lot of the store. Upon arrival they found an adult male deceased in the parking lot. Two additional people, an adult female and a juvenile male, were also shot and transported to local hospitals. The female was listed in stable condition and the male in critical condition.
Detectives continue to investigate the altercation that led to the shooting. No one inside the Walgreens was injured, and investigators do not believe the shooting was in any way connected to the store. Additional details are not available for public release at this time, including the names of the injured. The name and age of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner.
Anyone who has additional details regarding this investigation who has not already spoken with police can call the Broomfield Police Department at 303.438.6400, or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.
September 8, 2021: On Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at approximately 6:38 a.m. Broomfield Police Officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run involving a truck and trailer on the shoulder of US 36, near the Wadsworth Blvd exit. It was quickly determined that the truck, trailer, and tools inside were reported stolen out of Westminster.
As officers arrived at the scene they spotted the suspect, later identified as James Ortiz (36), running away on foot. Ortiz entered the Harvest Station Apartments at 11775 Wadsworth Boulevard, kicked in a door to one of the apartment homes, and barricaded himself inside. Thankfully, the resident of the apartment was not home at the time.
A CodeRED was immediately sent out to residents of Harvest Station instructing them to shelter-in-place. Officers also began knocking on doors to alert residents of the situation and prepare them to evacuate. The Broomfield SWAT team was called to assist and took custody of Ortiz within 40 minutes. Ortiz threatened officers and resisted arrest. After he was taken into custody he was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and was medically cleared to be booked at the Broomfield Detention Center on charges of 1st Degree Burglary, 1st Degree Motor Vehicle Theft, Theft of $20,000 to $100,000, Criminal Mischief, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction, Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender, Felony Menacing, and two counts of Violation of Bond Conditions. A loaded gun was also recovered at the scene.
The Broomfield Police Department would like to thank the community for their cooperation and patience during this incident. If you would like to receive CodeRED emergency alerts in the future and are not yet registered, you can find information on how to sign up at https://www.broomfield.org/2793/Emergency-Alerts.
August 27, 2021: The Broomfield Police Department has arrested one person in connection with Wednesday’s homicide in the Sunridge Neighborhood of Broomfield. Joseph Maestas-Sanchez, 22, was taken into custody on Thursday. He is accused of shooting and killing 71-year-old Broomfield resident Michael Lewis just before 6:30am Wednesday morning.
Investigators allege Mr. Lewis was shot when he attempted to confront the suspect who was attempting to enter unlocked vehicles in the area. Additional details will remain under investigation and are not available for public release at this time.
Maestas-Sanchez is being held at the Broomfield Detention Center, without bond, pending the filing of formal charges by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Detectives continue to investigate this case and have identified additional suspects believed to be responsible for the criminal trespass crimes in the same area. The number of additional suspects, and their names, are being withheld because the investigation into their involvement is ongoing.
This crime has understandably left many residents shaken. Detectives have worked around clock and will continue to do so to bring this case to conclusion.
Anyone who has additional details regarding this investigation who has not already spoken with police can call the tip line at 303-464-5749 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers: 720.913.7867.
August 26, 2021: The Broomfield Police Department is exhausting all efforts to identify and locate the suspect(s) responsible for yesterday’s deadly shooting in the Sunridge Neighborhood, near Hwy 287 and Miramonte Blvd.
Anyone who has information about this homicide is asked to call our tip line at 303.464.5749 or you can remain anonymous by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.
Officers responded to the area just before 6:30 am Wednesday for reports of a disturbance and shots fired. On scene they found one adult male deceased in the parking lot. That person has been identified by the Adams County Coroner as 71-year-old Broomfield resident Michael Lewis.
At this time investigators believe Mr. Lewis was a resident of the Sunridge Neighborhood and was shot when he interrupted a crime in progress. Additional details of what happened are still under investigation.
The Broomfield Police Department sends its condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Lewis, along with the entire Broomfield Community. We understand this crime has left many residents shaken. Our team of victim advocates has been in touch with the family of Mr. Lewis, and will continue to support them through the investigatory process.
If you see or hear something suspicious in your neighborhood please never hesitate to call 911 or our non-emergency line at 303.438.6400.
August 25, 2021: On Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at approximately 6:30 am Broomfield Police Officers responded to several reports of a disturbance and shots fired in the 2200 block of Sunridge Cir., near Hwy 287 and Miramonte Blvd. Upon arrival officers found a deceased adult male with an apparent gunshot wound.
The name of the deceased will be released by the Adams County Coroner after a positive identification and notification to next-of-kin have been made.
This incident is being investigated as a homicide. Detectives and CSI spent the morning processing evidence and interviewing witnesses to determine what led up to the shooting. No arrests have been made. Several vehicle tresspasses were also reported in the area early Wednesday morning, although it’s unknown if/how they’re connected to the homicide.
Anyone who has information about this homicide is asked to call our tip line at 303.464.5749 or you can remain anonymous by contacting Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.7867.
August 9, 2021: The Broomfield Police Department has arrested two people in connection with a robbery and attempted homicide that occurred on Friday, August 6 at the Camden Flatiron Apartments located at 120 Edgeview Drive in Broomfield.
Jeremiah Scott and Pharell Ausby, both 18-years-old, were arrested for Attempted First Degree Murder and Robbery and are being held at the Broomfield Detention Center.
The incident happened just before noon in the parking lot of building four. The suspects are accused of arranging on Facebook Messenger to meet the victim and buy his car. During the meet-up a shot was fired at the victim and his cell phone was taken. Thankfully no one was injured during the attempted robbery of the vehicle. An investigation by Officers and Detectives led to the arrest of both Scott and Ausby.
The BPD encourages everyone who is selling an item online to utilize a “Safe Trade Spot" which are designated locations at law enforcement offices where buyers and sellers can meet in public under surveillance to complete in-person transactions. There’s no charge for the service. The parking lot of the Broomfield Police Department at 7 DesCombes Drive is a designated “Safe Trade Spot.”