Suspected shooter, and victim in Lakewood parking lot homicide now identified

Police agents killed homicide suspect following shootout

Staff report
Posted 9/18/20

A victim and suspect have both died after a homicide in the area of 4th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard according to the Lakewood Police Department.

Lakewood police agents report trading gunfire with the suspect, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.

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Suspected shooter, and victim in Lakewood parking lot homicide now identified

Police agents killed homicide suspect following shootout

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UPDATE: Lakewood Police Department Public Information Officer John Romero reports that the victim of the homicide has been identified as Steven Scott Hargis, 27, of Lakewood. The man suspected of killing Hargis, who was then killed by Lakewood police has been identified as 46-year-old Matthew Lyvon Paul of Denver.
Romero said the motive for the shooting is still under investigation.

A victim and suspect have both died after a Sept. 18 homicide in the area of 4th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard according to the Lakewood Police Department.

Lakewood police agents report trading gunfire with the suspect, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.

At approximately 10:25 a.m., agents with the Lakewood Police Department responded to calls of shots fired in the parking lot of the Walmart store located at 440 Wadsworth Blvd.

Witnesses at the scene reported seeing a middle aged, white male shoot multiple rounds at a victim sitting in his car. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim is described as a white or Hispanic male in his mid-20s – 30s.

After shooting the victim, the suspect fled westbound across Wadsworth. Witnesses state the suspect, still armed with a handgun, attempted to carjack employees and customers at the Grease Monkey located at 395 Wadsworth Blvd. The carjacking was unsuccessful and the suspect fled into a neighborhood on the 7700 block of West 4th Avenue.

As agents confronted the suspect, the suspect fired multiple rounds at them, ultimately hitting a police vehicle and several pieces of property in the area. Lakewood Police agents returned fire and the suspect was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The department reports that no police agents, nor bystanders were reported injured following the incident. 

The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team will investigate this shooting. Per policy, the Lakewood agents who shot the suspect will be placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

This shooting comes just weeks after another lethal shooting in Lakewood, the Aug. 23 killing of the Wikoff brothers in a Walmart parking lot.

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