Thornton police officer kills man after Taser proves ineffective

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The man shot by Thornton police was Jaime Ceballos, sources told FOX31 Denver. (Credit: Subject's family)

THORNTON, Colo. — Police shot and killed a man Friday night who allegedly threatened residents and officers with a bat, Thornton police said.

Officers responded to the 2600 block of East 98th Place about 7:30 p.m. to a report of an intoxicated man threatening people with a weapon, according to the Thornton Police Department. They arrived to confront a man brandishing a bat and a knife in the front yard of a home.

Officers made “multiple commands” that the suspect drop the weapons, but he refused, police said. One officer shot him with a Taser, but this did not stop the man. It was not immediately clear whether the “less-lethal” weapon failed to make good contact, or the suspect simply resisted the shock.

As the suspect kept coming, another police officer shot him. The suspect was taken to the hospital but died of his injuries, police reported. The officer has been placed on paid leave, per procedure.

Sources identified the dead man as Jaime Ceballos, 31.

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