Two arrested for triple homicide

Suspects caught after high speed chase, gunfire

By Vic Vela
Posted 12/14/14

An Adams County Sheriff's deputy was shot while taking a homicide suspect into custody on Dec. 12, capping a week of violence that included the loss of three lives.

The officer, a detective who survived the shooting, was arresting Furmen Lee …

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Two arrested for triple homicide

Suspects caught after high speed chase, gunfire

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An Adams County Sheriff's deputy was shot while taking a homicide suspect into custody on Dec. 12, capping a week of violence that included the loss of three lives.

The officer, a detective who survived the shooting, was arresting Furmen Lee Leyba in north Denver when he was greeted with gunfire. The deputy, whom the sheriff's office is not identifying, was transported to an area hospital for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries and later released, according to the sheriff's office.

Sgt. Aaron Pataluna, a sheriff's office spokesman, said the Denver Police Department is handling the case involving the wounded deputy.

“As far as I know it is still an active investigation,” Pataluna said. “We will not know who shot our detective or if the charges will be filed in connection with the shooting until Denver PD completes their investigation.”

Leyba, 30, was taken into custody at the scene.

Law enforcement officers had previously arrested Gabriel Lee Flores, 41, in connection with the Dec. 10 deaths of three men, whom authorities found shot inside a house on Cragmore Street, located in an unincorporated area of Adams County.

The names of the three deceased have not been released.

Authorities arrived at the residence shortly receiving a phone call about the incident, at 7:20 a.m.

Later in the day, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spotted a black Jeep Wrangler that matched the description of a “be on the lookout” message that had been sent by Adams County authorities.

The driver, allegedly Flores, led authorities on a high-speed chase that began in Golden and ended off C-470, near Morrison.

Both suspects are being held in jail without bond.

Pataluna said no other suspects are being sought at this time.

“Any time you have multiple people lose their lives, it's an unfortunate event,” Pataluna said. “We never want to see anyone get hurt, especially in the line of duty.”

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