ARVADA — A police SWAT team on Tuesday shot and killed a parolee who held a teenager hostage overnight, and officers rescued the 13-year-old boy.
The 18-hour hostage situation began around 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Arvada Police Chief Don Wick said the hostage was unharmed.
Officers were delivering breakfast to the suspect, who answered the front door of the home in the 6100 block of Gray Street. The man was then shot by SWAT officers who rushed in to get the boy.
There was a heavy police and SWAT presence in the neighborhood overnight, and surrounding homes were evacuated.
Arvada hostage rescue
A SWAT team members bring out the hostage in Arvada, February 4, 2014. (Sadie Gurman, The Denver Post)
Arvada police said the suspect and the hostage did not know one another. Police initially were summoned on a domestic violence call after an argument between the hostage taker and his girlfriend, Wick said. As police approached, the man fled into a nearby house, where he took the 13-year-old hostage.
The hostage taker was identified by his sister as Don Pooley, 34. He has convictions dating to 1997 for aggravated vehicular theft, possession of marijuana, escape, possession of drug paraphernalia, forgery, vehicular eluding, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and smuggling contraband in prison, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records.
Pooley's sister, Shawna, spoke to The Denver Post at the scene but did not want to provide her last name. She said she was on the phone with Pooley when the SWAT team burst into the house.
"I heard a gunshot," she said. "I heard them screaming at him, 'Get on the ground! Get on the ground!'"
Shawna said she spent the night talking on the phone with her brother while the hostage crisis continued.
"He was crying," she said. "He didn't want to die, but he didn't want to spend the rest of his life in prison either."
Shawna Pooley, who said she is the sister of the hostage taker, identified as Don Pooley, tries to get news on her brother after police when into the home
Shawna Pooley, who said she is the sister of the hostage taker, identified as Don Pooley, tries to get news on her brother after police when into the home in Arvada, Feb. 4, 2014. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Roger Hudson, Department of Corrections spokesman, said Pooley was believed to be a parole absconder. Hudson declined to elaborate, but said the DOC is working with Arvada police.
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