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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- Two police officers and two Colorado State Patrol troopers fired shots at a suspected car thief in Westminster after the suspect pointed a weapon at them, investigators said Tuesday afternoon.

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

A man was seen on the ground near the public restrooms. Paramedics were on scene, but they did not appear to be attempting to revive the man.

The officers and troopers involved in the shooting are part of an auto theft task force, according to the Westminster Police Department.

Police spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said the two officers were from Lakewood and Wheat Ridge.

Spottke said when officers addressed the suspect, he turned around and pointed a weapon at them. The officers and troopers then fired.

The man's identity will be released by the Adams County Coroner.

Cotton Creek Elementary was placed on lockout after the shooting. Parents were required to pick them up starting at 2:30 p.m., police said.

Parents were told to come to the front of the school and bring identification. There was no bus or day care pickup available.

Investigators remained at the scene for several hours.

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