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Hero Down: Arvada Police Officer Dillon Vakoff Fatally Shot While Breaking Up Disturbance

Arvada, CO – Arvada Police Officer Dillon Michael Vakoff was killed in the line of duty early on Sunday morning while responding to a disturbance call in Arvada.

Arvada Police Chief Link Strate said officers were met with chaotic scene when they responded to a disturbance call at about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 in the 6700-block of West 51st Avenue near Marshall Street, KDVR reported.

Chief Strate said that officers were attempting to calm down the civilians at the scene and separate “uncooperative people” when someone opened fire, KDVR reported.

Officer Vakoff and a woman at the scene were shot.

Officers returned fire, according to KDVR.

A second officer on the scene attempted to rescue and perform First Aid on Officer Vakoff.

The wounded hero was transported to Lutheran Hospital for treatment and died a short time later, KDVR reported.

Police said the suspect in 27-year-old Officer Vakoff’s murder has been taken into custody.

The suspect in the shooting and the female victim were also transported to nearby hospitals and both were expected to survive, KDVR reported.

Officials have not yet released the identity of Officer Vakoff’s murderer or the woman who was wounded.

The fallen hero was taken from Lutheran Hospital to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office in a procession led by numerous emergency vehicles, KDVR reported.

“Dillon is an example of everything that is good that is a police officer,” Chief Strate said.

The police chief said Officer Vakoff joined the Arvada Police Department in 2019 after completing six years in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant, KDVR reported.

Officer Vakoff grew up in Arvada and graduated from Ralston Valley High School.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Arvada Police Officer Dillon Michael Vakoff, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer Dillon Vakoff, your life mattered.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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