CSU police shoot, kill 19-year-old man in Fort Collins

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Police shot and killed a 19-year-old man in Fort Collins on Saturday night, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers with the Colorado State University Police Department responded to a report of a “threatening male” near South Whitcomb Street and West Prospect Road about 8:35 p.m., the sheriff’s office said.

Officers from Fort Collins Police Services also responded to assist the CSU officers.

The man was later identified as Jeremy Holmes. The sheriff’s office said Holmes was armed with a weapon but did not say what prompted officers to shoot him.

“During the course of their interaction, police fired shots, striking the man,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

No officers were injured. Holmes was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies where he was pronounced dead.

The Larimer County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Holmes died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The sheriff’s office said there is no indication Holmes was a student at CSU and there is no ongoing risk to the public.

The sheriff’s office and the Eighth Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team will be investigating agency.

One day earlier, sheriff’s deputies shot a suspect who ran from them after crashing a stolen car.

Sheriff Justin Smith said he has never witnessed back-to-back officer-involved shootings in his 26 years with Larimer County.

“Officers train to protect lives — including their own. Officers first seek an outcome where everyone goes home safe and sound. However, given the situations that officers respond, unfortunately, that is not always possible,” Smith wrote on Facebook.

“With an 85-90% increase in violent crime in our area over the last 3 years, no one should be surprised that officers are themselves facing more and more situations where they may have to use higher degrees of force.

“Police officers, who heed the call to protect and serve their community, do deserve the benefit of your doubts when they employ deadly force. Officers in those circumstances deserve to know that they won’t be automatically thrown under the bus because of political reasons,.

“However, along with that, you should expect that investigations into the use of deadly force will be absolutely thorough, objective and fair.”

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