Commerce City police officer Kevin Lord is living proof that you can’t believe every report created by law enforcement.
The eight-year veteran of the force was recently arrested after it was discovered he falsified the nature of his own shooting, which occurred last weekend.
Reports Denver Post:
In a surprise twist, a Commerce City police officer who said he was shot last weekend has been arrested and charged with a felony.
Officer Kevin Lord is being charged with attempting to influence a public official, District Attorney Dave Young said at a news conference Friday night.
Officials said Lord was arrested at 8:15 p.m. Friday and had turned in his service weapon.
Just a day earlier, Commerce City, state and federal officials announced a $20,000 reward for information in Lord’s shooting.
“We have pursued the truth; the truth has led us to this place,” Commerce City Police Chief Troy Smith said.
The suspect and his arrest should not be viewed as a negative reflection on the Commerce City police as a whole, Smith said.
Smith and Young were joined by Stan Hilkey, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, in making the announcement. The trio appeared somber and distraught.
Lord is also being charged with a misdemeanor, making a false report.
He described the shooter as a white man in his late 40s or early 50s with a thin build and brown hair. Police released a drawing of a probable suspect.
“There is no armed gunman on the loose this night,” Smith said. “No police officers are in danger.”
Perhaps he was trying to get a hero’s parade and pension for his troubles? This entire ordeal reeks of Charles Joseph Gliniewicz.
Photo: Commerce City Police Department