Man dies after firing shots inside home, at Lakewood officers

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A 51-year-old man died hours after being taken into custody for firing multiple inside a home and at officers on Monday morning, the Lakewood Police Department said.

Police responded to the 6400 block of West Mexico Avenue about 8:30 a.m. on reports of multiple shots being fired.

Officers found the man, later identified as 51-year-old Anthony Lee Montoya, was firing multiple rounds at will, hitting other homes in the neighborhood.

Reverse emergency notification calls were sent to residents in the area to shelter in place.

As officers moved in on the home, Montoya fled in a truck going eastbound on West Mexico Avenue, firing shots along the way, police said.

Officers returned fire, hitting Montoya, who eluded police before crashing through several homes.

Montoya's vehicle came to rest in the back yard of a home near West Mexico Avenue and South Eaton Street about 10:15 a.m.

Police dragged Montoya out of the vehicle and he was taken to a hospital where he later died from unknown injuries.

No officers were injured, police said.

Alameda High School, Lasley Elementary School and Great Work Montessori School were placed on lockout, the Jefferson County School District said. The lockouts were lifted after Montoya was taken into custody.

The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team will investigate the incident.

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