Denver Private Investigator Slams Police In Shooting Incident

By the Denver Private Investigator Blog

DENVER — One of Colorado’s most prominent private investigators says the police account of a 2007 shooting that left a Denver man a quadriplegic doesn’t add up.

Retired Lakewood cop turned private investigator Ellis Armistead recently weighed in on a January 2007 car-sting operation that ended poorly, resulting in a police shooting that left suspect Darrell Havens in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

Arvada detective Bill Johnson, the lead investigator on the case, set out one winter night to arrest Darrell Havens, whom police  documents described as “a very active auto theft group operation in the metro area.” Johnson and 18 other officers from varying agencies had planned to bust Havens as he sold a stolen car to an informant at a SuperTarget in Wheat Ridge, Colo.

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