Monday, 26 Oct 2020

Denver jury finds man guilty of assault after firing at officers during foot chase – The Denver Post

A Denver jury has found a 30-year-old man guilty of assaulting a police officer after a traffic stop and a foot chase during which police said he shot at them four times.

The jury found Datwon Armstrong guilty Monday after deliberating for more than five hours. He is scheduled for sentencing as a habitual offender Nov. 13.

Police said the confrontation with Armstrong began after a July 12, 2019, traffic stop. Officers were checking the plates and realized the car was wanted for a prior hit and run accident. Armstrong, a passenger, ran from the vehicle. He was 10 to 15 feet away from one of the officers when he fired four times at them during the chase, police said.

Neither officer was injured. Police said neither shot at Armstrong.

Armstrong was found hiding under a vehicle in a driveway near West Ohio Avenue and North Hazel Street in southwest Denver and was taken into custody. Police said a 357-magnum handgun was recovered nearby.

Armstrong had two felony warrants for escaping from other Colorado jurisdictions.

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