[Hpn] NYTimes.com Article: Denver Police Seeking Suspect Kill Uncle

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Denver Police Seeking Suspect Kill Uncle

July 13, 2004
 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 



 

Filed at 2:52 p.m. ET 

DENVER (AP) -- Police responding to a report of a woman
being assaulted by her husband shot and killed the
suspect's uncle, who was watching television in bed. 

Police Chief Gerry Whitman said Monday that an officer
mistook a soda can Frank Lobato was holding for a weapon
and shot him Sunday after he moved suddenly. 

Lobato, 63, was an invalid who needed crutches to move
around and until last week had been living in a homeless
shelter, relatives said. 

``This situation involves two tragedies: a brutal case of
domestic violence and a loss of life,'' Mayor John
Hickenlooper said. 

It was the third fatal police shooting in Denver this year.
Police said one man was threatening them with a knife and
the other shot at officers during a high-speed chase. 

Cathy Sandoval had called police Sunday to report she had
been held against her will and assaulted for 17 hours,
police Detective John White said. She said she told police
that her husband, Vincent Martinez, was unarmed and that
his uncle was in an upstairs bedroom. 

Police borrowed a ladder to enter the home through a window
after Martinez did not respond to knocks on the door, White
said. When they opened a bedroom door upstairs, they saw a
man pointing a silver object at them, police said. An
officer shot Lobato once in the chest. 

Martinez was arrested Monday. 

Police have been working to
reform the department since a developmentally disabled
teenager, Paul Childs, was killed by police last summer.
Hickenlooper appointed a 38-member panel that last month
made recommendations that included when force should be
used. The city has agreed to pay $1.3 million to his
family. 

In September 1999, Mexican immigrant Ismael Mena was shot
during a drug raid at the wrong house. The city paid the
Mena family $400,000. 

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Police-Shooting.html?ex=1090753644&ei=1&en=b5b422b68ee03ee8


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