Man waving knife shot, killed by Denver police officer

DENVER — A Denver police officer shot and killed a man who was waving a knife at people in North Denver Tuesday morning.

Police said they received reports of a man waving a knife at passersby near the intersection of E. 29th Avenue and Downing Street around 11:20 a.m.

Denver Police Chief Robert White said responding officers tried to use pepper spray and a stun gun to subdue the man.

“Neither one of those had any effect on him,” White said.

Officers ordered the man to drop the knife and at one point he moved “towards the officers aggressively, at which time one of the officers fired several shots striking him,” White said.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition and later died, police said.  The man’s name has not been released.

No officers were injured.

RTD reported the D line, which has a final stop at 30th and Downing, was stopping at the 27th & Welton station, but service has since resumed as normal.