Denver, CO – Security and bodycam footage captured the moment when a handcuffed suspect shot a Denver police officer in the neck while being transported to jail late last month (video below).
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 were preparing to remove the handcuffed suspect from the patrol unit inside the facility’s parking structure, Cheeseman managed to pull a second gun he’d concealed on his body and used it to fire four rounds at DPD Officer Jordan Archuleta, KDVR reported.
One of the rounds hit Officer Archuleta in his neck.
Security footage showed DPD Corporal Thomas Schmidt, who was in a separate vehicle parked next to the SUV used to transport Cheeseman, as he returned fire and hit the suspect multiple times.
Cheeseman was rushed to a local hospital with six gunshot wounds, his wife told KDVR.
One bullet struck him in his neck, paralyzing him and rendering him unable to speak, she said.
Officer Archuleta was transported Denver Health Medical Center for treatment of his gunshot wound, where doctors determined nothing vital had been damaged, KDVR reported.
He was released the next day to continue his recovery at home.
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.
The DPD Internal Affairs Bureau will determine whether any policies or procedures were violated, but the department did note that it was “clear” officers failed to locate the second gun Cheeseman had been carrying, according to KUSA.
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.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content: