2 killed in 2 separate officer-involved shootings in Colorado Friday evening

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-02 02:29:23-04

DENVER -- A man is dead after he was involved in just one of two separate officer-involved shootings which are being investigated by authorities in Colorado Friday evening. 

The first officer-involved shooting happened in the City of Westminster, in the area of West 68th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard at around 6:40 p.m. Police there said they were looking for a subject who had active warrants out for his arrest. 

As police were checking the area, they saw another suspect who was known to have several warrants for his arrest. When confronted, the man reportedly ran to a car to try and get away. As officers approached the vehicle, the suspect displayed a weapon and several officers fired at the man, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The officers sustained no injuries but will be placed on paid administrative leave per standard department policy. 

The shooting is now being investigated by the 17th Judicial District Critical Incident Investigation Team. 

The suspect's identity will be released pending an autopsy by the Adams County Coroner. 

Second officer-involved shooting

Not an hour went by when another officer-involved shooting was reported in the state, this time in Larimer County. 

At around 7:30 p.m., deputies were chasing a reported stolen vehicle out of Fort Collins. The suspect crashed in a field near the intersection of Highway 392 and County Road 9 and fled on foot before the suspect was shot by a deputy, according to a sheriff's office spokesperson. 

It was not immediately clear why the deputy fired their weapon. 

The suspect was taken to Medical Center of the Rockies where he died from his injuries, according to Lt. Jan Burreson with the Loveland Police Department. 

Early Sunday, the man was identified as Chet Knuppel, 23, of Fort Collins. The Larimer County Coroner performed an autopsy and determined Knuppel's manner of death was homicide, with the cause of death being a gunshot wound to the chest. 

The 8th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team was notified and has responded to take over the investigation. The Loveland Police Department will be the lead investigating agency.