Coroner identifies suspected car thief shot by police in Westminster

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. — The suspected car thief shot and killed in Westminster on Tuesday has been identified as 18-year-old Alexander Meltz, the Westminster Police Department said Wednesday.

Two police officers and two Colorado State Patrol troopers fired shots at Meltz after he pointed a weapon at them, according to Cheri Spottke with Westminster police.

It happened at Cotton Creek Park near West 112th Avenue and Stuart Street and just east of Cotton Creek Elementary School.

The officers and troopers involved in the shooting were part of an auto theft task force, according to police.