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Man fatally shot in altercation with Westminster police officer identified

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A man shot to death Saturday night by a Westminster Police Department officer has been identified.

About 8:45 p.m., police responded to a call of several people fighting near Federal Boulevard and Stratford Lake Drive.

When police arrived, two males approached an officer and “refused to obey commands,” according to police. A physical altercation ensued and the officer fired his gun, striking one of the men.

Authorities said medics responded and took 27-year-old Birendra Thakuri of Broomfield to Good Samaritan Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Northbound Federal Boulevard was shut down from 112th Avenue to Stratford Lakes Drive (that becomes Ranch Reserve Parkway) while police investigated.