- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DENVER (AP) - A man accused of shooting and wounding two suburban Denver police officers in an ambush attack told investigators he opened fire because he wanted police to kill him, court documents released Tuesday show.

After a day of fighting with his wife and stepson, Gordon Lee Moench, 54, told 911 dispatchers to send police to his Lakewood home because “there is a guy out front with a gun ready to kill a bunch of people,” and “I’m the guy with gun,” the documents state.

Moench then waited for officers in the back of his pickup truck, firing at them as they surrounded his home. One of the officers, Jonathan Key, was shot through the windshield of his squad car. A second, Kimberly Collins, was hit as she ran toward the home.

Key, whose bulletproof vest protected him from more serious injuries, has been released from a hospital. Collins remained there in stable condition, having suffered lower leg fractures and severe blood loss.

A third officer, Luke Godfrey, arrived later and shot Moench as he walked down the middle of the street aiming a large revolver in the officer’s direction, according to the documents.

Moench, who was released from a hospital Monday, made his first court appearance Tuesday to face charges including attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault on a peace officer, and felony menacing.

A judge held him in jail on $2 million bond. The public defender’s office was appointed to represent him, but an attorney had not yet been assigned his case.

Moench’s wife, who left the home when she heard him open the gun cabinet, called 911 Saturday night to say he was depressed over their pending separation and would “battle” police if she called for help, the documents say.

In interviews with detectives from his hospital bed, Moench said he planned to “commit suicide by cop.” He said he armed himself with three guns and took a position in the bed of his truck wanting officers to “perceive him as a threat, not as someone trying to commit suicide.”

Investigators told him that was illogical because his ambushed never allowed them to fire back.

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