FBI agent shot; police surround Denver-area motel

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An FBI agent was shot in the leg while serving as a member of a task force to serve a warrant on a bank robbery suspect in Littleton, Colorado on May 8, 2015, officials said. Courtesy: KDVR

LITTLETON, CO – An FBI agent was shot in the leg Friday afternoon while trying to apprehend the bank robbery suspect known as the Longhorn bandit. The agent was in stable condition at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood Friday night.

SWAT teams surrounded the Essex House Motel on South Santa Fe Drive near downtown Littleton. A standoff ensued which ended sometime before 6:30 p.m. Reports from the scene indicated the suspect killed himself. Heavily armed police could be seen moving in and out of a motel room after that.

There was a multiple-agency police presence surrounding the Essex House Motel at 5390 S Santa Fe Dr., which is just off South Santa Fe Drive between West Bowles and West Belleview avenues.

A source said the suspect is known as the Longhorn bandit and he was barricaded inside the Essex House Friday evening. The Longhorn bandit was wanted for at least four bank robberies in metro Denver in February and March. The most recent one happened at the Public Service Credit Union in Broomfield March 3.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or white male, approximately 20 to 30 years of age, approximately 6’1″ to 6’2″ in height, about 200 pounds, with dark skin and a mustache.

An eyewitness, who identified himself as Craig, called into FOX31 Denver’s ongoing 5 p.m. broadcast with a report.

“I noticed there was a SWAT team at the Essex House screaming at a shut door,” Craig said. “After a time, I heard them yell, ‘Shots fired!’ And I looked over to see one individual in plain clothes limping away from the door. Officers then came in and evacuated the area.”

Craig also indicated that he believed the injured party was a plain-clothes federal agent.

A Littleton police spokesman said no shots were fired by any law enforcement officers, just the suspect.

In addition to Denver Police, Greenwood Village Police and several SWAT teams appeared to be assisting in the area.