Man with warrants for violent felonies dies in shootout with Parker police

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PARKER, Colo. -- In just a matter of seconds, bullets flew everywhere, even through a doorway, barely missing a woman sitting inside her condominium in Parker.

Scotty Shwegel lives right above the unit that got hit.

“My friend looks out the window and he sees the cop cars," Shwegel said. "And he’s like, 'Oh, my God the cops got guns.'

"I thought my friend was joking and like all of a sudden he gets down on the floor and we can hear the shots going off and we all get on the floor."

Moments before the firing started, the Parker Police Department said Michael Wayne Marin was knocking on doors at the Creek Side Condominiums.

“I went, 'Oh, my God,' and I went back in the house and I grabbed my dog and laid on the floor and called 911," said Andrea Johnson, who lives in the condos.

Police say the truck Marin was driving was stolen and had a gun safe inside. A shootout broke out when they found him in a corridor.

“The No. 1 priority for law enforcement is the safety of the community and safety of the suspects that they are dealing with, and when they are met with deadly force, they’re given no other but to return deadly force as well," Parker police spokesman Josh Hans said.

Marin died at the hospital with several gunshot wounds.

The 35-year-old from Montrose had a lengthy criminal history with warrants for violent felonies, including a robbery in Mesa County.

It is not clear how or why he ended up at the Parker condos where one mother said she laid on her kids when the shots rang out.

“Of course we’re afraid," Amy Hubbard said. "Bullets are unpredictable you never know where they are going to go."

Several people took cover and on Sunday were glad the nightmare was over. But they are still very shook up.

The three Parker police officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave, which is part of the department’s protocol.

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