- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 28, 2002

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) A teenage sex offender who fired a gun at a homeowner and tried to steal several cars in an upscale subdivision died after a two-hour standoff with police.
Jeramy Dockins, 19, died of a bullet wound in the head. It was not clear whether his wound was self-inflicted or from SWAT officers, police said.
Prosecutors said Dockins already was well-known to authorities. His criminal record started when he was 10, the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News reported in yesterday's editions.
Dockins, a registered sex offender, was convicted in 1999 of touching an 8-year-old and spent two years in the youth corrections system, said Adams County District Attorney Bob Grant.
He also shot and wounded a man in the chest last November in a gang-related dispute over a girlfriend, and was sentenced to three years probation after a rival gang member refused to cooperate with prosecutors, Mr. Grant said.Dockins' rampage of mostly bungled burglaries began at 7 a.m. Monday.
Police said he tried to steal an all-terrain vehicle from one house and then stole and crashed a second vehicle near another house. Dockins went to a third house where he stole a mountain bike from the garage, police said.
When the owner of the third home followed Dockins in a car, the suspect began firing shots at his pursuer. Dockins then walked into a garage, where he was cornered by police and suffered the gunshot wound in the head.
The crime spree worried residents in the neighborhood near Denver, which has million-dollar homes and quiet parks.
"Thank God the middle school doesn't start until tomorrow," said Margo Pullam. "Otherwise, little kids might have been waiting for a school bus near this corner."
Two officers were placed on administrative leave pending completion of an investigation, Westminster police investigator Troy Cooper said.


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