Denver police detective shot while breaking up robbery released from hospital

Denver police detective shot while breaking up robbery released from hospital

The Denver police detective shot Wednesday trying to break up a robbery in progress in Arvada was released from the hospital Saturday.

Detective Michael Felsoci, a 14-year veteran of the department, was shot in both arms about 9 a.m. at 80th Avenue and Kipling Street. Felsoci, who was off-duty, was at the gas station with his son. He noticed the robbery in progress and approached people leaving the Circle K gas station when the suspect fired and drove off, police said.

Samuel McConnell, 43, a confessed serial robber, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in connection with the shooting. He had his 2-year-old daughter with him during the latest alleged heist.

Felsoci’s son called 911 and rendered aid to his father before he was taken to a hospital. Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen teared up on Wednesday as he spoke of the detective’s courageous actions.

“He is somebody who is extremely professional and conscientious. By no means am I surprised this detective intervened,” Pazen said. “We can all learn something from him.”

Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

The off-duty Denver police detective who was shot multiple times in both arms after interrupting a robbery in progress in Arvada on Dec. 18, is released from the Denver Health Hospital on Saturday.

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