DENVER (KDVR) — Police shot and killed a person in Jefferson County Wednesday afternoon and an investigation is now underway into the use of force.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened near Callae Drive and Piano Meadows Drive in Conifer. Roads were closed nearby but there was no threat to the public as of 1:44 p.m. Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said deputies were initially called for a report of a man who was threatening suicide. When they arrived around 10 a.m., deputies heard a shot and began searching for the person who had fired.
During the search, deputies found a man threatening suicide with a shotgun, according to the Sheriff’s Office. SWAT was called to the scene, and at one point during negotiations, the man placed his weapon on the ground.
Deputies then fired “less-than-lethal” shots at him, at which point the sheriff’s office said he picked the gun back up and pointed it at the deputies. In response, two deputies shot at the man and killed him.
A sheriff’s spokesperson told FOX31 that no deputies were injured.
A critical incident response team from the First Judicial District will lead an investigation into this incident, which is standard for any shooting that involves an officer who opens fire and hits a person.
If you or a loved one is in crisis, dial 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for free and 24/7 professional support. Coloradans can also call 844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.