A gangster style goon thought he was such a dangerous dude that he didn’t need a license tag on his car. When the anarchist got pulled over by Adams County police in Denver he also thought he could outsmart the cops and tried to run. After that didn’t work he tried to use his terrified female passenger as a human shield. He wasn’t counting on Denver’s version of Dirty Harry. The tag on his toe reads Christopher Escobedo. Deputies recovered 51 shell casings from the scene. The hostage was unharmed, but frightened out of her wits and perhaps in the future she’ll think twice about who she gets into cars with.
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— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) September 12, 2020
Police spot a suspicious vehicle
Eagle eyed detectives with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office noticed a “vehicle without a license plate in the parking lot of a store” on September 12th. The police let it move on out into traffic then stopped the driver for the “infraction.” That’s when Escobedo pulled the oldest trick in the book. As soon as the deputy got out of his cruiser, the daring punk dropped it in drive and gunned the gas. “At the start of the pursuit, Escobedo allegedly began waving a gun outside of the vehicle, putting officers on notice that he was armed”
The way the officers describe it, Escobedo started firing at the deputies. Lieutenant Matt Clark from the Denver Police Department’s Major Crimes Division relates, “Shortly after the pursuit was initiated, the driver flashed a handgun in the air with his left hand out the driver’s door window. He then pointed it back out the window toward the deputies and fired multiple shots.”
For the next 14 minutes, Escobedo “fired numerous times on deputies” while leading them on a merry high-speed chase. Somewhere along the line, 911 got a call from the terrified passenger. “The woman, who was described as ‘frantic,’ allegedly told 911 operators that Escobedo threatened to kill her if the deputies did not stop the vehicle pursuit.” Police dispatchers note “they could hear Escobedo screaming in the background.” The deputies didn’t break off the chase.
Stop sticks and a crash
Denver police weren’t about to stop chasing just because a hostage was threatened. Terrorists can never be negotiated with, it encourages them. If they kill the hostage, it only adds to the charges. Instead of bowing to the pressure, they threw some stop sticks in the gangsters path. That did the trick. As soon as Escobedo tires hit the nails and exploded, “he ended up crashing the vehicle at Meade Street and Conejos Place.” Instead of stopping there and making things easy on himself, Escobedo decided to go for broke.
As Escobedo and the unnamed woman exited the car, “he allegedly grabbed hold of the woman and used her as a shield,” with his gun poking the back of her head. “As she was attempting to get away from the vehicle, the male grabbed her and he continued to maintain control of her by wrapping his left arm around her chest and neck while holding the handgun to her head with his right hand,” the police confirm.
The police did their best to reason with him to surrender peacefully “however, every attempt they made was futile and Escobedo began making comments of suicide.” Well, since that’s the way he wanted it, that’s what he got. “As if a scene from a movie, a deputy saw an opportunity and fired. Between them, officers fired 51 rounds at Escobedo who fell to the ground.” The totally freaked out woman who had narrowly been missed by a rainstorm of lead escaped “from the situation unharmed.” After they carried away his corpse, they “found and recovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun and an additional magazine with ammunition.”