West Colfax Avenue reopens at Pierce Street after hours-long Lakewood police shooting investigation Thursday

Suspects accused of throwing fireworks at homeless encampments
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Posted at 6:03 AM, Jul 06, 2023

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — The westbound lanes of West Colfax Avenue at Pierce Street reopened Thursday morning after an hours-long Lakewood police shooting investigation.

Teller Street was also closed at West Colfax Avenue. Drivers were allowed through about five hours after the shooting.

A passenger in a car was reportedly shooting off fireworks at encampments while driving westbound on West Colfax Avenue around 1 a.m. Thursday, according to Agent Paul Osckel with the Lakewood Police Department.

Westbound lanes of W. Colfax Ave. closed at Pierce St. for Lakewood police shooting investigation Thursday

A Lakewood police agent was sent to the area after receiving reports of the incident. When he arrived, he saw a man, who was experiencing homelessness, respond by throwing a rock through the open back window of the car.

The Lakewood police agent confronted the man for throwing the rock. Then, the driver turned the car around and came back toward the agent, at which time the agent shot at the car.

There were no injuries from this shooting.

Both the driver and passenger in the car were taken into Lakewood police custody. The agent is on leave, per protocol.

Traffic is impacted in the area as the department investigates.

Lakewood police recommend drivers detour northbound on Pierce Street to West 20th Avenue to Wadsworth Boulevard. The department said it expects the road closures to last several hours.

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