Colorado Police Officer Arrested For False Reporting of Being Shot

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. –Police announced they arrested Commerce City Police Officer Kevin Lord late Friday night. He faces charges of trying to influence a public official and false reporting. Lord said he was shot by a driver during a traffic stop last Sunday morning. Investigators made the announcement during a news conference just before 10:00 Friday night.

A reward had grown to $20,000 for information on the attempted murder of the officer. Police said their investigation took a turn Thursday night, and they arrested Lord Friday at 8:15 p.m. Officer Kevin Lord, an eight-year veteran, claimed he was shot at close range while making a traffic stop in the 9700 block of Peoria Street. His bullet-proof vest was credited with saving his life.

Several police agencies, including the FBI and ATF, have contributed up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect.

Commerce City Police Chief Troy Smith said he was disappointed about the result of this investigation.

Note: the original story erroneously stated that Kevin Lord was a police chief; he is an officer.