CONTACT: Jill McGranahan
Arvada, CO February 2, 2018 – The suspect shot by Arvada Police Officers on January 31, 2018 has been identified as Adrian Valdez (DOB 7/23/78).
On the evening of January 31 at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic situation in the 7300 block of 82nd Way. Officers learned that Valdez had violated a restraining order in the domestic. He also had a felony warrant out of Pueblo and a Denver County traffic warrant. Valdez fled before officers arrived.
Officers were told that Valdez was armed.
At approximately 8:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to a separate suspicious person call in a nearby apartment complex (6900 block of W. 84th Way). The description of that person was similar to the description given to officers in reference to Valdez from the earlier domestic call.
A K9 was called in to assist responding officers. Officers and the K9 unit arrived on scene where they located a male (later identified positively by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office as Valdez) in an enclosed area of the apartment complex. Officers could see he was armed with a knife and gave several commands for him to drop the weapon. Valdez instead came at the officers and K9 with the knife and officers shot him.
The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team (C.I.R.T), comprised of Jefferson County law enforcement agencies and members of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, is investigating the incident. The investigation is on-going.