Samuel McConnell sentenced to 32 years in jail for taking pictures an off-duty Denver detective in Arvada – CBS Denver

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – Samuel McConnell, 45, was sentenced Tuesday to 32 years in prison for shooting an off duty Denver detective in 2019 while robbing an Arvada gas station. McConnell was convicted in April on several counts, including aggravated robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, manipulation of evidence, and child abuse, theft and abandonment.

Samuel McConnell

Samuel McConnell (credit: Arvada Police)

Police were called to the robbery at the Circle K gas station on West 80th Avenue on December 18, 2019. Officials posted surveillance photos of McConnell entering the gas station with a mask and gloves and a gun.

According to investigators, McConnell requested about $ 200 in cash from the cash register. A customer ran out of the store and told the off duty detective at the gas pump about the robbery.

(Credit: Arvada Police)

The off duty detective drew his gun, posed as a police officer and hired McConnell. McConnell shot the detective in the forearm and shoulder, according to police. A family member in the detective’s vehicle treated the detective until the paramedic arrived and took him to the hospital.

Investigators say McConnell escaped the scene with his two-year-old daughter in a stolen vehicle. A nationwide “Blue Alert” was broadcast with McConnell’s description. He was caught that night in an apartment complex in Westminster. The police expected clues from the public to find him.

McConnell was charged with two other armed robberies the days before, one in Erie (another Circle K store) and one in Westminster (a donut store).

Jefferson County District Attorney Alexis King released the following statement on the case on CBS4:

“We appreciate the quick and courageous action by this officer in responding immediately to the threat of Mr. McConnell’s armed robbery of a busy shop on a winter morning, and for all of our law enforcement officers whose dedication to public safety ensures safer healthier communities for all.”

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