ARNOLD • Two police officers suffered non-life-threatening wounds when they were hit in the face with bird shot near Fox Elementary School on Friday afternoon.
Arnold police Detective Lt. James Jones said a man, 52, was taken into custody after the shooting, which happened about 2:38 p.m. as officers were responding to a call for a “disturbance” in the 2100 block of Plaza Drive at Jeffco Estates.
Chief Robert Shockey later identified the officers who were shot as Cpl. Jason Gorenstein, a 19-year veteran of the department, and Officer John Palme, who has spent nine years with Arnold but more than 30 years in law enforcement.
“We were very fortunate today that we didn’t lose two officers,” Shockey said.
The chief said police had been called to the same house that morning for a disturbance that involved the man and teenage children. That incident ended quietly.
When police arrived for the second call, the man was outside of his mobile home when the officers pulled up, Shockey said.
“As they were approaching the residence, the suspect fired a shot into the air,” he said.
The man then fired two shots at the officers, Shockey said. “The officers took cover behind a car, and they got hit in the face with the shots,” he said.
The officers did not return fire, he said.
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