According to Police Chief Link Strate, an Arvada, Colorado, police officer was killed. It was reported that he was responding to a disturbance in the early hours of Sunday, September 11, 2022. The officer is identified as 27-year-old Dillon Michael Vakoff who lost his life while serving his community. Speaking at a news conference, Strate said that Vakoff and another officer responded to a scene of a large family disturbance. Let us check further details of the matter in the article below.
Strate further added that two other officers arrived at a chaotic scene with multiple people in the street. The initial two officers tried to separate several belligerent and uncooperative individuals when the suspect started to fire and shot a female victim, Strate said. Gunfire between police and the suspect ensued and both Vakoff and the suspect were shot. While the gunfire took place, the other officer on the scene tried to help Vakoff. However, that could not help him as he got severely injured. The suspect was transported to a hospital. Despite being given all the best treatment, the medical staff could not save the officer’s life.
On another side, the suspect was also injured and was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition remains to be stable and he is expected to survive. Currently, he is in police custody. Police added that the other female victim was also admitted to a hospital and she also seems to be fine. Talking about the same, Strate said that this is an ongoing active investigation and the information they have at this time is preliminary. They wanted to provide everyone with some details from this morning’s incident and line of duty death by making an effort to be transparent with their community.
It is coming forward that Vakoff had been with the department since 2019 and he was a former staff sergeant in the US Air Force. Chief Strate said that the officer was an example of everything that is good about an officer. Adding further, Strates said that he was training toward becoming a SWAT officer and without a doubt, he could have continued to have a positive impact on his community. Strate said that this is a tragic loss to this community, the department, his family, and his loved ones. Our team also comes forward and pays our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and well-wishers. May his soul rest in peace!