Arvada Hostage: Suspect Killed, 13-Year-Old Boy Freed in Colorado

Image: Arvada Hostage: Suspect Killed, 13-Year-Old Boy Freed in Colorado Don Pooley

Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 10:56 AM

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A Colorado SWAT team shot and killed a 34-year-old man suspected of holding a 13-year-old boy hostage for 18 hours in the Denver suburb of Arvada.

Authorities identified the man as Don Pooley, who was released on parole on Oct. 2 but wanted for violating his agreement in connection with the parole, reported the Denver Post.

Police officers in the northwest Denver suburb were contacted about 5:30 p.m. Monday on a domestic disturbance report about Pooley and his girlfriend, according to the Post. Before police could arrive, Pooley broke into a nearby home where he threatened to shoot a 13-year-old boy.

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While at the residence, the boy helped Pooley get on the Internet and the man contacted the media.

"I'm not going back to prison," a man identifying himself as Pooley told a person at the Denver Post while the hostage situation continued.

Melanie Porter, a friend of Pooley, told KMGH-TV that Pooley called her as well during the standoff as she watched on news reports on television.

"I stayed on the phone with him half the night," Porter told the television station. "(At one point, Pooley) goes, 'No, seriously, I'm surrounded.' My heart kind of dropped, because I knew he was in trouble."

SWAT officers eventually stormed the home shortly before noon on Tuesday, rescuing the boy and shooting Pooley.

Authorities told KMGH-TV that Pooley did not know the boy but had threatened to kill him. Police negotiated with him throughout the night.

Colorado Department of Corrections spokesman Roger Hudson told the Post that it will assist Arvada police in its investigation.

"We'll track the last days he was in public — where he has been and what role that played in the last 17 hours," Hudson told the Post, adding that parole officers had been searching for Pooley.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation records revealed that Pooley had convictions dating to 1997 for aggravated vehicular theft, possession of marijuana, escape, possession of drug paraphernalia, forgery, vehicular eluding, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and smuggling contraband in prison.

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