Denver police shoot, kill armed suspect who allegedly refused to drop his weapon after car chase

Police shot and killed a man Saturday morning in Denver’s West Colfax neighborhood after the individual allegedly refused orders to drop his weapon after a lengthy car chase.

The incident began early Saturday morning when Adams County sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop the driver for a traffic violation at the corner of 58th Avenue and Broadway Street, Ron Thomas, a Denver police division chief, said in a morning news conference.

The vehicle did not stop and continued south toward Denver, before the driver opened fire on the pursuing officers, Thomas said.

Denver police joined the pursuit and made several attempts to get the car to stop, Thomas said. Eventually, the driver and a female passenger got out of their car and ran into a backyard at 1540 Meade Street.

The man, who has not been identified, “was holding his weapon in a threatening manner,” Thomas said, and refused orders to drop it.

Officers then shot the individual, killing him, Thomas said. The woman was unharmed.

The incident marks the 45th time this year that Colorado law enforcement has injured or killed someone in the state, and the eighth time in Denver. Thirty-two people have been killed, and another 14 injured.

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