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Denver police critically wound gunman suspected of fatally shooting one woman, injuring another

A bomb squad was working to determine whether propane tanks found in the street were safe after a fatal shooting in Denver. CBS Denver

A bomb squad member works to determine whether one of several propane tanks found in the street in a southwest Denver neighborhood were explosive, Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.
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(CBS/AP) Police say a gunman in southwest Denver suspected of killing a woman and wounding another Friday was shot by police after the gunman fired at a propane tank he was carrying, and caused an explosion.

The incident began around 11 a.m. Friday. A woman was found dead in one home and a second woman was found wounded in another. Their identities haven't been released yet.

The wounded gunman was critically injured and underwent surgery, reports CBS Denver.

"Officers responded to the scene and approached what they thought was a possible suspect. As they were approaching the suspect fired one shot at what looked like a makeshift incendiary device which was activated," Denver Police Chief Richard White told the station. "Shortly after that one of the officers fired a shot at the suspect, hitting him in the chest area."

Police warned residents to remain inside after the man was seen walking in the neighborhood with a gun and two propane tanks. An area high school was briefly on lockdown, reports the station.

CBS Denver reports a bomb squad was searching homes in southwest Denver for devices and were working to determine if propane tanks they found in the street posed any threat.

  • Erin Donaghue

    Erin Donaghue covers crime for CBSNews.com's Crimesider.

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