ARVADA, Colo. — Officers in suburban Denver on Tuesday fatally shot a 34-year-old man who had held a boy hostage for nearly 18 hours.
Don Pooley, who had a criminal record and was wanted for a parole violation, barricaded himself and the 13-year-old in a house, and hostage negotiators left items for him at the front door, Arvada police said. When Pooley tried to retrieve them, he was shot and killed.
Members of a SWAT team immediately rescued the boy.
Arvada police Chief Don Wick said the standoff began in the residential neighborhood north of Denver when police responded to a domestic dispute call involving a man and woman at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The man fled, then forced his way into a nearby home and took as a hostage the 13-year-old, who was home alone, police said.
The boy’s mother and brother arrived a short time later but were not taken hostage.
Police negotiated with the hostage-taker, and aware that he was watching media reports, released few details during the standoff, other than to say the hostage and suspect didn’t know each other. The suspect called some media outlets, including the Denver Post. Police asked that the content of the conversation not be reported and asked local television stations at the scene not to air live footage of a SWAT team taking positions next to the house shortly before the standoff ended about 11 a.m.
Pooley had been released on parole on Oct. 2 but had been listed as “absconded” on Jan. 10 after failing to meet with a parole officer, Colorado Department of Corrections spokesman Roger Hudson said.