Police: Officer shot; suspect dead after standoff

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Northglenn Police arrived at a home in the 1400 block of Bowman Place around 6:45 p.m. Monday to arrest 40-year-old Matthew Richard Anderson. They say Anderson had three felony warrants out for his arrest, including failure to register as a sex offender, Internet sexual exploitation of a child and sexual assault on a child.

The charges stemmed from allegations he attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl into a sexual activity. Police say the warrant was issued for Anderson after a months-long undercover investigation.

9Wants to Know has learned Anderson has an extensive criminal history, including charges for sexual assault on a child and child enticement in Jefferson County. He also has faced charges of domestic violence and assault.

When police arrived at home, no one answered, so five officers had to breach the front door.

That's when, police say, a man fired numerous shots out the front door, hitting Northglenn Police Officer Dennis Alps twice. Police say Alps, a patrol officer who has been with the department for about seven or eight years, was hit in the right shoulder, but the wound was not life-threatening. He was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance.

The suspect, who has not been positively identified, then barricaded himself inside the home. The Northglenn/Thornton SWAT team was called in, along with other outside agencies.

The standoff lasted for more than six hours, as the SWAT team tried to make contact with the suspect numerous times with no success. It finally ended around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, when a police robot spotted the body inside.

Around 2 a.m., the SWAT Team entered the home and found the body. Police say he had shot himself in the head. A coroner will officially identify the body.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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