Denver police: Officers shoot, kill man near West Colfax following pursuit

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DENVER (KDVR) – Officers shot and killed a man early Saturday morning after he allegedly failed to drop his weapon following a pursuit.

According to Denver police, the shooting occurred near the intersection of West Colfax Avenue and North Meade Street.

Law enforcement officials say the incident began with a pursuit near 58th Avenue and Broadway in Adams County after deputies there tried to stop the suspect’s white Ford SUV for a traffic infraction.

The driver failed to stop and at some point began firing shots at those deputies, officials said.

According to Denver Police Division Chief Ron Thomas, Denver officers joined the pursuit at some point, attempting to stop the SUV several times.

Officers were eventually able to stop the SUV using a spike strip near a four-way stop at Meade and West Conejos Place, which is two blocks south of Sloan’s Lake.

That’s when the driver and a female passenger got out of the vehicle and ran. They were later found in a nearby neighborhood.

“He (the suspect) was holding the weapon in a threatening manner. He did not drop the weapon. Officers ultimately discharged their weapons and the suspect was struck and wounded,” Thomas said.

That suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

No officers were injured.

Police have not yet provided an update on the female passenger.

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