AURORA, Colo. – A police officer shot and killed a naked man wielding a machete and another knife inside an Aurora home Tuesday afternoon.
The man’s family said the incident started after they called for help when he started behaving abnormally around 12:25, said police spokeswoman Cassidee Carlson.
Paramedics arrived first at the home in the 1600 block of South Buckley Way and talked with the man who grew more and more agitated, Carlson said.
The man, who was not wearing any clothes, went into the bedroom and came back out with a machete. That’s when the paramedics backed out of the house, she said.
Three police officers went into the home and found the man at the top of the staircase, still naked, with the machete and a knife, Carlson said.
The man then hit one of the officers with either the knife or the machete and another officer fired at least one shot hitting the man, police said.
The 55-year-old man was rushed to a local hospital where he died. His name has not yet been released.
The officers were not seriously injured.
As is standard procedure in all officer-involved shootings, the officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal review of this incident.