Friday, January 9, 2015


from Denver Police Department, District 2, via FB

DENVER – Friday, January 9, 2015 – The Denver Police Department recently installed technology to detect and locate gunfire within the city. This new system, “ShotSpotter”, uses a network of acoustic sensors to detect when a gun is fired and then precisely and quickly pinpoints the location of the gunfire. In less than a minute, officers and 911 dispatchers are notified of the incidents, even if no one calls 911 – although the community is always encouraged to report sounds of gunfire. By quickly notifying police with the precise information, ShotSpotter helps speed police response, has the potential to save lives, increases weapons-related arrests, and enhances the safety of our neighborhoods.
Only a few hours after the program was online, at approximately 8:00 p.m., on Thursday, January 8, 2015, Denver Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 3100 block of N. Williams St. as Shot-Spotter detected gunfire. Once officers arrived, it was determined that there were multiple shell casings on the ground and a house was struck as a result. The officers were able to gain information on scene and found an address to where the potential shooters were hiding. Officers obtained consent to search and located three suspects with outstanding warrants and a handgun.
The investigation is ongoing and being handled by the Denver Police Department.


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