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Arvada Police Successfully Rescue Juvenile From Hostage Situation

(Arvada, CO) – Arvada Police released today the name of the suspect in the overnight hostage situation.


Don Pooley (DOB 9-28-79) had a lengthy felony record. He was on parole and had an active Department of Corrections warrant for parole violation.


Arvada Police received a 911 on February 3, at approximately 5:30 p.m., regarding a domestic disturbance involving Pooley. The initial domestic disturbance call involved a gun and Pooley made threats throughout the 18-hour negotiations that he was going to shoot and kill the hostage. 


Throughout the negotiations, suspect made multiple references to media reports and Arvada Police knew he was following multiple news outlets.


At approximately 11 a.m. on February 4, Arvada Police successfully rescued the 13-year-old hostage when the suspect was shot. The hostage was unharmed in the incident. The Arvada Police will not be releasing any other hostage information at this time. The family has requested that the media not contact them. They will make a statement when they are ready. 


The investigation at the scene is on-going and will be for several more days.


The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team will investigate the officer-involved shooting. 


Arvada Police is grateful for the interagency cooperation of Jefferson County Regional SWAT, Westminster SWAT, Lakewood/Wheat Ridge combined SWAT, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Arvada Fire Protection District, Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Corrections in bringing this hostage situation to a successful ending.


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