Loveland Police Department
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The Loveland Police Department (LPD) operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer a variety of services for our community. Visit the pages to the left to learn more!
LPD staffs 19 full time police officers including the police chief, four lieutenants, and fourteen patrol officers. Many of our team members have multiple roles at LPD. We have three evidence technicians, two Taser instructors, two firearms instructors, a K9 team, three school resource officers, six bike patrol officers, one detective, and two defensive tactics instructors. Our Administrative Team is led by the systems manager and includes an operations assistant.
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The shooting was investigated by the neighboring Fort Collins Police Department, with help from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Windsor Police Department and the Loveland Police Department, under the direction of the Eighth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. It is standard practice for separate law enforcement agencies to be involved in police use of force investigations. Based on that investigation, McLaughlin determined Officer Eddie Luzon did not break the law. The attorney also declined to bring charges against the deceased Domina.
“It's rare that officers are charged when they shoot civilians and this is certainly a complicated situation,” Newman said. “The criminal standard beyond a reasonable doubt is very different than the legal standard for a civil rights claim.”
She said the family is still processing the death of Domina and has not yet made any decisions about future legal claims.
On August 16, Domina was shot multiple times in the abdomen after a family member called 911, asking for help because Domina was experiencing a mental health crisis. The caller said Domina posed a danger to himself or others and repeatedly expressed fear that Domina would get hurt. Domina had a large chef’s knife and allegedly destroyed property in the house and the backyard.
About one minute after the officer entered the backyard of the house, Domina walked towards the officer, as the officer warned him “do not come near me.” As Domina approached, still carrying the knife, Luzon told him forcefully to “stop,” and then he shot four times, hitting Domina in the abdomen. Another officer then arrived to help deliver first aid, once they were able to take the knife away.
Luzon has been with the Loveland police since 2019. On Friday, the Loveland Police Department did not release information about his employment status.
A celebration of Life for Domina will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Crossroads Church in Loveland.
The Loveland Police Department announced Wednesday evening that Sgt. Phil Metzler has resigned from the department.
Metzler became a major point of discussion with the LPD following the release of information on the 2020 arrest of Karen Garner.
According to a release from the LPD, following the independent investigation, which was launched into the department in response to Garner’s arrest, Chief Bob Ticer was engaged in the disciplinary review process for the investigation; this is when Metzler submitted his resignation.
“A chief of police does not have the ability to prevent an officer from resigning,” Ticer said in the release. “But this resignation closes one more chapter of an incident that has tarnished the hard work of the men and women of the Loveland Police Department who have and continue to serve with honor.”
The release added that the chief’s disciplinary review process will continue with others involved in the investigation. It also added that, under Colorado law, the third-party internal investigation is not considered final until “all appeals of serious discipline have been exhausted,” ensuring that the due process rights of employees are preserved and determinations are final.
The release also said the city and the LPD are working “as quickly and diligently as possible to release this report to the public.” The timeline for the release is subject to appeal rights of the employees involved “which historically has taken several months.” However, the release said, if there are no appeals the report could be released as early as next month.
“We are working to complete all aspects of our administrative response to this investigation so that the report can be released to the public,” Ticer said in the release. “We recognize Ms. Garner herself and the public have an expectation and lawful right to know what this investigation found.”
Metzler’s resignation comes several months after former LPD officers Austin Hopp, Daria Jalali and Tyler Blackett resigned for their connection to Garner’s arrest. Metzler was the supervising sergeant on duty the day of Garner’s arrest, and responded to the scene; he is seen on body camera footage talking with Hopp and Jalali following the arrest and speaking with a concerned citizen who stopped.
In the time since the details of the arrest were made public in April, the civil rights lawsuit placed against the department on Garner’s behalf has been settled for $3 million and Hopp and Jalali both face criminal charges for their involvement in the 2020 arrest.
In response to the news, Garner’s family said while they are relieved Metzler is no longer at the department, they are disappointed that Metzler was not fired and instead allowed to resign like the other officers involved.
“We hope the other supervisors still employed at Loveland PD — and there are many — who called the use of force against Karen ‘appropriate’ and ‘reasonable’ are fired and not allowed to resign and find employment with another department,” the family said in a comment sent by Garner’s attorney Sarah Schielke.
“This is long overdue but as we know from the BlueTeam report, just the tip of the iceberg at Loveland PD,” Schielke said in a message to the Reporter-Herald. “Tick Tock, Chief Ticer. It’s time to go.”
The LPD did not immediately respond for any further comment.
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