Man shot and killed after stabbing railroad police officer near National Western Complex

A BNSF Railway police officer shot and killed a suspect Saturday after the man stabbed the officer multiple times during an arrest.

Shortly before 9 a.m., the railway officer contacted an individual trespassing near East 46th Avenue and National Western Drive near the National Western Complex, Denver police Division Chief Ron Thomas said in a news conference.

The officer ran the suspect’s name and found that he had a felony warrant out for his arrest, Thomas said. As he attempted to the take the man into custody, the individual accessed a knife and began stabbing the officer. The officer got his own gun and shot the suspect, killing him, Thomas said.

The officer is in critical but stable condition.

Denver police are investigating the shooting.

The area where the shooting occurred is BNSF Railway property, and the company has its own law enforcement personnel, Thomas said. BNSF operates one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, with 32,500 miles of rail across the western two-thirds of the country, the company says on its website.

The incident marks the 42nd police shooting in Colorado this year, and the first for BNSF Railway. Twenty-nine people have been killed, and an additional 14 wounded.

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