Boulder Park-n-Ride opens following homicide suspect’s death at parking garage

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BOULDER, Colo. — The Table Mesa Park-n-Ride reopened Saturday morning after an overnight closure. The shutdown was prompted by a man’s fatal fall from the top of a parking structure Friday afternoon.

The man, identified as Jose Gallegos,  was suspected of killing a woman, identified as Martha Sianez-Hernandez, in Boulder. He fell off the top of a parking garage after at least one officer shot at him,  the Boulder Police Department said.

The incident started about 3:15 p.m., when BPD received a request to check on the welfare of a woman who lived in an apartment at 3267 30th St.

“Minutes after the request was made, the person that made the request called police back indicating that the husband was leaving the residence with two children, ages 6 and 12, and possibly armed with a gun,” BPD said in a press release.

Officers began searching for the man. Meanwhile, other officers responded to the 30th Street apartment and found the woman dead.

Law enforcement spotted the suspect’s vehicle and followed it to the Table Mesa RTD Park-N-Ride located on Table Mesa Drive next to U.S. Highway 36.

Officers contacted the man on the parking structure’s top level. The two children were inside the vehicle.

BPD says officers tried to negotiate with the man “for a prolonged period of time” but were unsuccessful.

“One or more officers fired a gunshot; however, it is not known if the suspect was shot before, he fell from the top story of the parking structure,” BPD said.

The parking structure is five stories tall.

The man was taken to Boulder Community Health, where he was pronounced dead.

The children were unharmed.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office will release the names of the man and woman.

BPD will investigate the 30th Street homicide. However, the Boulder County Critical Incident team will investigate the situation at the Park-N-Ride, as it is considered an officer-involved shooting.

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