AURORA, Colo. -- An officer shot an armed man inside a McDonald's on Sunday morning, the Aurora Police Department said.
It happened in the restroom at a McDonald's on East Colfax Avenue east of Interstate 225.
An employee who didn’t want to be identified said a man had been loitering in and outside the restaurant. Police said when he was told to leave by employees or they would call police, the suspect showed a gun in his waistband and asked, "Who's going to call police?"
"He was asked by management to leave the store. He refused to leave and during that time he displayed a handgun to the employee," Aurora police Sgt. Chris Amsler said.
"We were in there having coffee. And we see all the managers running around the bathroom. It looked like they were scared,” witness Mike Holtz said.
He described the man as homeless. When police arrived, they found the 23-year-old suspect inside the bathroom. Holtz said a single gunshot rang out minutes later. The suspect was shot in the wrist.
"They're saying, 'Hands up. Get away from the gun. Leave it alone. Don't move.’ Took a while to drag him out of the bathroom. He got blood all over the floor and everything in there. They finally got him out," Holtz said.
Before the shooting, Holtz and his friend, Jim, said the suspect was acting odd.
"Jim said he seemed freaked out, weird, acting strange. ... I just got the feeling maybe he was going to rob the place or something," Holtz said.
For everyone else in the building, the crime ate away at their morning as they waited hours for police to investigate.
"We finally got to leave. I've been here since 7:30," Holtz said.
But the shooting meant a dark morning for the Golden Arches; the business closed until late afternoon.
"Beware what's going on around you," Holtz said.
The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine, paid administrative leave during the investigation.
The suspect could face possible charges of felony menacing, threatening a peace officer and loitering.
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