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BOULDER, Colo. -- The Boulder County Investigative Team is looking into a police shooting that happened at the Wimbledon Apartments on Madison and 30th.

Blood stained the concrete near where police say they were forced to shoot and kill a 42-year-old man who lived in this unit.

"There was a male suspect outside the apartment armed with a machete and a knife and he was making stabbing motions to one of the posts outside his front door," said Sarah Hurtley, a spokesperson for the city of Boulder.

Concerned neighbors called police and when officers arrived the man was already back inside.

Police then forced their way into the man's home.

"When they opened the door a male suspect came out at them out of the threshold and he had a knife in each hand," said Hurtley.

Boulder police say they told the man to get down and when the man refused an officer shot him twice with his rifle.

"When the cops were here that was surprising... It wasn't surprising that it was that apartment," said Tyler Rippeteau, a neighbor of the man.

Tyler Rippeteau lives a few doors down and while he doesn't know the man, he has heard him screaming several times inside his home.

"I just remember being at the pool and hearing a voice from that apartment coming over the wall.  I remember specifically that there was kind of a racist rant at one point. I remember saying to my girlfriend huh, that's something you don't hear in Boulder everyday,"

This complex is filled with mostly CU students and some believe the man had mental problems.

"I heard a lot of yelling going on," said Jacob Gillis, a neighbor.

Police said they have been called to this man's house before for domestic issues; however, no one else was inside the home during the shooting.

"Obviously it's a shame when anybody looses their life over something," said Rippeteau.

Boulder police said the officer who shot the man is a 14-year veteran of the Boulder Police Department and is on paid administrative leave.

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7 comments

  • Brad

    The man was in his home when he was shot and killed. The police officers didn’t have an arrest or search warrant before they broke into his home to shoot him. Police officers continuously violate constitutional rights. Most people who have had their rights violate, unfortunately, cannot afford an attorney to properly represent them.

  • guestamundo

    It had to feel fantastic to hunt this criminal down and (*legally) slaughter him like a licensed hunter can when legally hunting prey. during hunting season. Its times like these when we all wish we were cops; isn’t it? Upon request, they should allow the officer to have the body mounted and stuffed by a taxidermist as a trophy to enjoy with family and friends! – or maybe just the head, you know, like a deer head to hang over the fireplace. [*note: not to be confused with the illegal killing of a human, that would be wrong] Remember; in season, licensed, legal and clean. Safety first.

  • jimpeel

    Key words: “Police then forced their way into the man’s home.”

    Amendment IV

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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