Denver, CO – The suspect accused of shooting a Denver police officer in the neck while being transported to jail on Monday night is a repeat offender who was carrying drugs and a gun when officers spotted him behind the wheel of a stolen car, according to police.
Daniel Cheeseman, 33, is currently under investigation for two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, possession of more than 50 grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute, and motor vehicle theft, KMGH reported.
The series of events leading up to the shooting began at approximately 9 p.m. on Nov. 28, when Denver Police Department (DPD) officers spotted a stolen vehicle moving through the southwest area of the city, according to KKTV.
When police tried to pull the driver over, he fled from them, triggering a pursuit, according to the DPD.
Investigators later identified the suspect as Cheeseman.
The chase continued through the city until the suspect finally pulled over in the area of Lowell Boulevard and Iowa Avenue, KDVR reported.
He then got out and walked away from the vehicle, at which point officers were able to detain him, according to KKTV.
Police said they located a large quantity of suspected narcotics and a handgun on Cheeseman during his arrest.
Investigators said the suspect had more than 50 grams of fentanyl on him when he was apprehended, KMGH reported.
Police confirmed the vehicle he was driving had been reported as stolen, according to KKTV.
The suspect was also wanted out of Jefferson County for failing to show up to court for another case last year, KMGH reported.
Officers ultimately loaded Cheeseman up and transported him to the detention facility located at Delaware Street and West Colfax Avenue at approximately 11 p.m., according to KDVR.
But as they pulled into the facility’s parking structure, the handcuffed suspect “somehow” accessed another gun and fired it at one of the two officers who were transporting him, KKTV reported.
The round hit the officer in the neck.
Investigators said they believe the second firearm was “concealed somewhere on the person,” according to KKTV.
The DPD said multiple officers were in the area at the time of the shooting, KDVR reported.
At least one of the officers returned fire, hitting Cheeseman multiple times.
The shooter was transported to an area hospital with serious injuries.
Cheeseman remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition on Tuesday, KDVR reported.
The officer who was shot in the neck during the attack was also rushed to a local hospital.
DPD Chief Ron Thomas said the wounded hero is a seven-year veteran of the department, KDVR reported.
He was released from the hospital on Tuesday and was continuing his recovery at home, according to police.
The DPD said the incident will be investigated as per the city’s officer-involved shooting protocol, KDVR reported.
The findings will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office for review.
According to court records, Cheeseman has a lengthy Colorado criminal history that includes prior convictions for motor vehicle theft, drugs, robbery, menacing, and various other offenses, KMGH reported.