UPDATE: Suspect Identified in Attempted Murder of Littleton Police Officers
UPDATE: Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens updated the community and the media this afternoon on the latest developments in the attempted murder of two Littleton Police Officers.
Two nights ago, at approximately midnight, Littleton Police Officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area of West Powers Avenue and Bannock Street. Officer David Snook and Corporal Jeff Farmer located parties possibly involved in the incident and attempted to contact them. As the officers approached, the suspects fled on foot and the officers pursued. As one suspect entered the apartment building at 183 West Powers Avenue he turned and fired multiple rounds from a handgun striking Officer Snook several times. Despite being gravely wounded, Officer Snook was able to return fire. Corporal Farmer also returned fire as he attempted to get to Officer Snook. Despite being under fire, Officer Farmer was able to pull Officer Snook to a safer position. Another officer arrived and assisted Officer Farmer in getting Officer Snook into a police vehicle for immediate transport to the hospital. During the emergency rescue and evacuation of the injured officer, the suspect escaped and has not been located.
Officer Snook received multiple gunshot wounds to his arm, leg, and torso. He was shot more than three times and sustained severe injuries. Officer Snook is improving but remains in intensive care. Corporal Farmer was also injured as he attempted to help Officer Snook. He is recovering at home.
A fund has been set up to support Officer Snook and his family during his recovery. Donations may be made to Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union in David Snook’s name.
“I cannot express how proud I am of the heroic actions of these officers as well as those of all the men and women of our department who did not hesitate to take action to keep our community safe,” Stephens said. “Being a police officer today is incredibly tough and while many are turning away from our profession, our officers continue to risk their lives as they exemplify everything that is good about being a police officer and serving our community. I want to thank the staff at Swedish Hospital for their heroic work in treating Officer Snook. We are eternally grateful. I also want to thank everyone in the community who has expressed their love, thoughts, and prayers for Officer Snook and our department during this very trying time. We simply could not do what we do without your support and appreciation,” Stephens added.
Officer David Snook is a decorated 13-year veteran of the department. He is a loving husband and dedicated father to three young children. Corporal Jeff Farmer is also a decorated 15-year veteran, devoted husband, and caring father. Both officers have dedicated their entire careers to the Littleton community. At the officers’ request their photos will not be released.
Thanks to the tireless work of investigators from multiple local and federal agencies, the suspect in this case has been identified as 33-year-old Rigoberto Valles Dominguez. He is a Hispanic male, 5’-5” tall, 190 lbs., with brown eyes, and buzzed brown hair. He has several tattoos, including a skull on his right forearm, and a saint on his left forearm. There is reason to believe he was involved in a subsequent carjacking a few blocks away from the shooting scene several hours later. The vehicle taken is a sand gray 2002 Ford Explorer with Colorado plate AGM-D94. The vehicle should have a smashed driver’s side window. Rigoberto Valles Dominguez is considered armed and extremely dangerous. If you see Dominguez do not attempt to contact him. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Dominguez, the stolen vehicle, or any information on the shooting or carjacking, contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can remain anonymous and receive a reward.
Stephens also expressed his gratitude to the numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement partners who have all come together in the common goal of identifying, locating, and bringing Dominguez to justice. Contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP to provide information about these crimes.