Denver police officer whose AK-47 was used in homicide resigns from department – The Denver Post

A Denver police sergeant whose personal AK-47 was used in the killing of 21-year-old Isabella Thallas in downtown Denver last year resigned from the department.

Sgt. Dan Politica resigned on March 13, Denver police spokesman Jay Casillas said. Politica did not have any open internal affairs investigations into his conduct at the time of his resignation, Casillas said. A letter of resignation dated Feb. 13 does not state a reason for leaving.

Denver police officials previously said the man charged with killing Thallas and wounding her boyfriend, Darian Simon, took the gun from Politica’s house without the sergeant’s permission. The suspect, Michael Close, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to the 16 charges he faces in connection to the shooting in broad daylight in the Ballpark neighborhood.

Police officials previously said that Politica notified the department after he learned that the rifle was missing and that it may have been used in the shooting.

But Simon and Thallas’ family still have questions, according to attorney Craig Silverman, who is representing Simon. Silverman and Thallas’ father discussed the case on Silverman’s podcast, which first reported Politica’s resignation. Silverman did not respond to a call or emails for comment.

Close on June 10 shot Thallas and Simon after he yelled at them about their dog, according to police. Thallas and Simon, who were dating, had taken the dog for a walk.

Immediately prior to opening fire, Close texted Politica that his dog had been attacked by other dogs and that he was going to murder someone, according to a transcript of Nov. 16 court testimony by Denver police Det. Joseph Trujillo, who is investigating the shooting.

Minutes after the shooting, Close left a voicemail on Politica’s phone saying he had “done something really bad” and “there’s no going back from this now,” Trujillo testified.

Close and Politica had been friends for about 20 years, Trujillo said. In interviews with investigators, Politica said he had been concerned about Close’s mental health.

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