Adams County Sheriff’s deputy shoots, kills suspect

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — An Adams County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a suspect during a traffic stop in the area of Federal Blvd. and W. 63rd Ave.

It happened Sunday at about 10:30 p.m.

Investigators say a woman was driving an SUV that was also occupied by three male passengers.

“Upon contact with the passengers, it was learned that one of the male passengers had an outstanding warrant,” says Adams County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Terrance O’Neill. “The male passenger was removed from the vehicle.”

One deputy was speaking to that passenger, when another one saw a black gun inside the SUV.

“The deputy that observed the handgun yelled, “Gun! Gun!, Floorboard!” to other deputies,” O’Neill says. “A deputy on the other side of the SUV observed a male passenger in the back seat lunge towards the rear floorboard of the vehicle. The deputy fired his service weapon at the back seat male passenger.”

The suspect was hit a number of times. Paramedics took him to Denver Health Medical Center where he died.

Investigators say they found a black pistol on the driver’s side back seat floorboard.

As per standard procedure anytime there is an officer-involved shooting, the Adams County Critical Incident Team is conducting an investigation.