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Homeowner arrested in police friendly fire death

Published On: Nov 12 2012 07:51:19 AM CST
DENVER -

Authorities say they've arrested the owner of the home where a 35-year-old Lakewood police officer was mistakenly shot by a fellow officer.
    
The homeowner, Joe Anthony Ruiz, is accused of firing gun shots that led to Friday's deadly police response.
    
Officers had been investigating reports of a prowler in the neighborhood when they heard the gunfire. Police set up a perimeter around Ruiz's house as they prepared to search the place.
    
Police say the officer who was killed - James Davies - was in the backyard and was in full uniform when another officer behind a fence shot him.
    
The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/UiA2Bu ) reports that the 37-year-old Ruiz was being held Sunday at the Jefferson County jail. He's suspected of being a previous offender in possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment and other offenses.

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