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.