Armed suspect fatally shot by police at Federal Heights apartment complex

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FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. -- A fugitive parolee was shot and killed by an officer late Tuesday night, the Federal Heights Police Department said.

A woman called police just before 10 p.m. to report an armed suspect was coming to the Tuscan Heights Apartments at 1800 W. 85th Ave. She told police she was afraid for herself and her daughter.

The woman also told police the man had violated his probation and there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Police had information the suspect was in a red Mercedes-Benz. Officers saw the vehicle -- with two men and two women inside -- entering the complex about 11:15 p.m.

The four people got out of the vehicle and approached the apartment, but police confronted them, telling them to surrender.

"They started yelling, 'Freeze, stop, don't move, drop your weapon,' and 'Get out of the car,' or 'Get out of the car and drop your weapon,'" resident April Miller said.

The parolee, who was believed to be armed with a handgun, got back into the vehicle, police said.

When he ignored orders to surrender, an officer fired multiple shots, hitting the man. He was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

"Three gunshots," Miller said. "It sounded like a fourth one mixed in between so it led me to believe maybe the suspect let off a shot."

Two others surrendered and the fourth person remains at large. Police don't believe the at-large suspect is a threat to the public.

The names and ages of the who were arrested and the at-large suspect were not released. No officers were injured.

The shooting is under investigation by the 17th Judicial District Critical Incident Team.

"I think the police did a good job," Miller said. "Glad they handled it in the way that they did. I know there's a lot of police random shootings, but they did have a reason and I'm glad that their lives were protected."