Suspect in officer-involved shooting at Jeffco King Soopers dies

The King Soopers at 9800 W. Belleview Ave.

The King Soopers at 9800 W. Belleview Ave. was closed Saturday night during the investigation

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – The man who was shot by deputies at the King Soopers on Kipling and Belleview Saturday night has died.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer, the call came in around 9:15 p.m. that a male was acting suspicious inside the grocery store. The man was reported to be wandering around the store talking to himself. 

Jacki Kelley, a spokesperson with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect had a hand gun visible in his back pocket. 

Deputies decided to contact the man outside of the store due to concerns for the safety of those inside. 

Authorities said when the man walked out of the store, deputies asked to speak to him and that’s when the suspect drew the gun from his pocket. A series of shots were fired between the suspect and deputies, and the suspect was shot at least once, according to investigators. 

Police said that a second hand gun was also discovered in the suspect’s jacket. 

The 40-year-old suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

There were no other injuries reported during the incident. The King Soopers was closed overnight during the investigation, but it has since reopened. 

The suspect’s identity has not been released, but FOX31 Denver learned the man was from Jefferson County.