February 25, 2024
Officer who shot, killed Denver man attempting to carjack vehicles at gunpoint in Silverthorne was justified, district attorney says


Police tape hangs near outlet shops in Silverthorne after an police officer shot and killed a man there Monday, Oct. 16, 2023.
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The Silverthorne Police Officer who shot and killed a Denver man following a foot pursuit in October near the Summit Place Shopping Center will not be prosecuted, according to the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Silverthorne Sgt. Jacob Arneson shot and killed Connor James Heart, 27, who attempted to carjack occupied vehicles at gunpoint as he fled police along U.S. Highway 6 on Oct. 16, according to a letter released by District Attorney Heidi McCollum late Tuesday.

After reviewing the investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, McCollum wrote that Arneson was justified in using deadly force in the shooting. At the time of the shooting, Hart “posed an immediate danger to each victim of the attempted carjackings (and) every driver and pedestrian on or near Highway 6 at the time of the incident,” she wrote.

Editor’s note: A full story with more details of the investigation will be published online Wednesday, Jan. 24.

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