Police fatally shoot man outside of Evans pool hall; friend says man didn’t have gun

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EVANS, Colo. -- Police shot and killed a man who they said raised a gun in a threatening manner toward officers outside an Evans pool hall late Sunday night, but a family friend disputes that account.

Police from Evans and LaSalle responded to Paradise Billiards (818 31st St.) about 11:20 p.m. on a report of a man outside with a gun.

When police arrived, they said they ordered the man to drop the gun, but he didn’t. Police say the man then raised the gun in a threatening manner toward the officers and police responded by shooting him.

The man was transported to a local hospital, where he died.

But Monday morning, a family friend said the man did not have a gun but instead was holding a drill.

"He did not have a gun," the family friend, who did not want to be identified, said in a statement to FOX31 Denver. "It was just a drill. It should have been handled way different. They have other objects, options as well. Instead of guns they have Tasers. They have bean bags they can use.

"He had a few to drink. His car was broken down, so he called me for a ride. As soon as I got here it happened so quick.

"He just had (the drill) in the air. Nothing was aimed at the officers or nothing. He had it in the air and that's when the bullets started coming."

The Greeley Police Department will investigate the incident at the request of the Evans Police Department.

The name of the man was not released. The Evans Police officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave, a normal procedure. The officer’s name was not released.