Police shoot and kill armed robbery suspect after standoff


WHEAT RIDGE |  Police officers in suburban Denver said they shot and killed a man suspected of bank robbery after a two-hour standoff at a motel in Wheat Ridge.

A Lakewood Police spokesman said SWAT officers arrived at the motel at about 1 a.m. Sunday and tried to talk the man into surrendering.

When officers entered the room shortly after 3 a.m. they saw the suspect armed with a handgun, KDVR-TV reported. The man ignored multiple commands to drop the weapon and he was shot by two Lakewood police officers who are members of the SWAT team.

Lakewood police said Thomas Charles Snyder II, 52, was suspected of robbing a bank in Longmont on Saturday morning. He also had an arrest warrant for a parole violation on another robbery charge.

The officers are on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.