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Armed man shot, killed during domestic disturbance call by Eagle County deputies

Posted at 5:30 AM, Feb 01, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-07 11:57:05-05

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo — An armed man was shot and killed by Eagle County deputies Tuesday evening while responding to a reported domestic disturbance call in Edwards.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s office said deputies encountered Joseph Leoni, 57, who was armed with a gun in the 200 block of Beard Creek Road. Deputies attempted to de-escalate the situation and call him out to the front porch of the residence, investigators said.

Leoni came outside with the gun and shots were fired, according to a release.

He was pronounced dead and there were no other reported injuries. There was no other information as to what led up to the shooting.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing and the deputies involved are on paid administrative leave.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will oversee the investigation and once it is complete, information will be turned over to the 5th Judicial District Attorney's office, a release said.

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