A home robbery in Denver Monday morning resulted in a homicide, multiple attempted carjackings and a fatal officer-involved shooting, the Denver Police Department said.
“This was a rapidly evolving, very dangerous, violent situation,” said DPD Lieutenant Matt Clark Tuesday.
Clark said the three robbery suspects arrived at the victim’s house, two of them dressed in construction-like reflective vests, and claimed they were utility workers.
At some point, the suspects shot the adult male homeowner in the leg and head, killing him. Tuesday evening, the Office of the Medical Examiner identified him as 64-year-old Mark Outman. They also shot a female family member who was visiting the homeowner. She is in the hospital in critical condition, Clark said.
At 11:23 a.m., a resident called 911 to report their neighbor being assaulted by three men in the 900 block of North Monaco Parkway.
When officers arrived, they saw two of the suspects run from the house and a third suspect in the driver’s seat of a car.
Officers apprehended one of the two running suspects but the other, holding a handgun, ran into a nearby intersection and pointed the gun at a vehicle. When the vehicle stopped, the suspect tried to open the car door before the driver drove away.
At this point, officers fired their guns at the suspect, who then threw his handgun and ran across the median.
The officers accidentally shot a nearby car with an adult male driver inside. The bullet did not enter the vehicle and the driver was not injured, Clark said.
The suspect then tried to stop and enter another vehicle which sped off.
With an officer now following the suspect into the street trying to slow traffic, the suspect opened the passenger door of a stopped car and got inside.
The officer, fearing the suspect would kidnap the female driver, fired multiple shots through the passenger window, hitting the suspect, Clark said. The female driver sustained minor cuts from the window breaking.
The suspect -- later identified as 47-year-old Larry Hamm -- was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. No officers were injured. Police don’t believe that the suspect fired any rounds at the officers, Clark said.
A total of seven rounds were fired by three Denver police officers. All three officers had never been involved in a shooting incident before. They are currently working on modified assignment.
Police believe the suspects are connected to a series of recent residential burglaries. Clark said two of the three firearms found at the scene were stolen in a recent nearby burglary.
The apprehended suspect was identified as 38-year-old Joshua Hamm. He is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.
The third suspect is still on the loose. The suspect is described as a Black man that may present as a woman. They are bald, around 30 to 35 years old with a medium build.
The suspect is associated with a 2009 black Honda Fit. The vehicle either has a Texas plate of BH5V057 or temporary Colorado tags of 1833912.
Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a $2,000 reward.
A joint investigation with Denver police and the Aurora Police Department has been launched to investigate the officer-involved shooting.
The investigation will be overseen by the Office of the Independent Monitor and its results will be reviewed by the Denver District Attorney's Office.