Auraria police officer wounded, suspect killed

Denver Police officers process evidence outside the Tivoli Student Union on the corner of 9th Street and Walnut Street. An Auraria Police officer was injured on the Auraria Campus near 9th and Walnut streets about 6 a.m. Nov. 10 when an assailant wielding a sword attacked him.  Denver Police said the officer is in a local hospital and is expected to survive.  The suspect was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.  The campus remains open for Veteran's Day celebrations and for classes. Photo by Melanie J. Rice . mrice20@msudenver.edu

A man wielding a samurai-style sword was shot and killed on campus by an Auraria police officer in the early morning hours of Nov. 10, according to Denver police spokesperson Raquel Lopez.

A report from the Denver office of the Medical Examiner said that Jeffrey Albert Musick, 38, was pronounced dead at Denver Medical Health Center at 6:14 a.m. The cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

Musick was confronted by the officer in front of the Tivoli near 9th and Walnut Streets after reports were called in to the police that a man on campus was wielding a sword.

Musick swung the sword at the officer, nearly severing the officer’s finger. The officer responded by firing his gun and striking Musick.

A press release from the medical examiner’s office said that Musick was taken to the hospital by ambulance, but was pronounced dead when he did not respond to treatment.
Lopez said that the officer’s injuries were not life threatening.

“The officer was taken to an area hospital in critical but stable condition,” she said. “He has been released.”

Facts of the case are slow in coming because the case is still under investigation, according to Lynn Kimbrough, spokesperson for the Denver District Attorney’s office.

At the time of publication, the name of the officer was not being released.

“It’s too early in the investigation to comment now,” Kimbrough said. “The Denver police are investigating through the homicide department and following up on the evidence and on witness statements.

Until then, it wouldn’t be appropriate for the police to be answering questions at this time.”

Kimbrough said that the DA’s office would review the evidence and would issue a letter with their decision on the case when the investigation is over.

At that time, facts in the case will be published online and will be available to the public.

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Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko

Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko

Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko is The Metropolitan News Editor. She is majoring in convergent journalism and expects to graduate in 2014. After earning her degree, Kelli would like to profile cold cases with the hope her work can help solve them.
Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko

Kelli Heitstuman-Tomko is The Metropolitan News Editor. She is majoring in convergent journalism and expects to graduate in 2014. After earning her degree, Kelli would like to profile cold cases with the hope her work can help solve them.

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