Suspect shot by police allegedly pointed assault rifle at officers

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A man shot by police outside his apartment on Saturday pointed an assault rifle at officers immediately before he was shot, the Englewood Police Department said Monday.

Steven Joseph Beck, 27, was causing a disturbance about 8 p.m. Sunday evening, residents at the Silver Cliff Apartments reported. As officers were driving to the scene, Beck allegedly kicked in his own front door and then threatened one of his neighbors with a silver handgun when he stepped outside to see what was going on.

At 8:11 p.m., Officer Orion Watts, a 7-year veteran with the Englewood Police Department, and Sergeant Scot Allen, an 18-year veteran with the Department, arrived on scene, police said.

As Officer Watts and Sergeant Allen entered a breezeway, approaching the scene of the report, they heard the distinctive sound of a rifle being charged or a round being chambered into a rifle, they reported. Beck then exited his apartment with an AR-15 or similar model assault rifle and pointed it at Officer Watts, police said.

Both officers fired, hitting the suspect at least once in the abdomen. Beck retreated back into his apartment, where he eventually collapsed. Other officers who arrived on-scene discovered Steven Beck inside his apartment and were able to take him into custody, police said.

At this time, Beck is expected to survive, police said. He did not fire any shots, and no officers were wounded, police said.

After his release from the hospital, Beck will face multiple felony charges.