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Longmont police fatally shoot armed man outside Regal Cinema

Police shoot, kill man outside Longmont Theater
Police shoot, kill man outside Longmont Theater
Police shoot, kill man outside Longmont Theater
Posted at 3:36 AM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 18:32:44-04

LONGMONT, Colo. — A wanted man was shot and killed by Longmont police after he pulled a gun as they attempted to arrest him outside a movie theater Thursday evening. 

The shooting happened around 9:45 p.m. Thursday outside the Regal Cinemas at the Village at the Peaks Mall, located at 1230 S. Hover Road. 

Three officers were attempting to arrest 28-year-old Gillie Thurby of Longmont on a sex assault warrant, said Deputy Chief Jeffrey Satur. 

The officers — two in uniform and one in plainclothes — approached the man, who was near the patio area in front of the theater.

"During the arrest, officers attempted to subdue the armed man with a Taser and later shot the individual when he pulled his firearm from his waistband," Satur said. 

Two officers fired multiple rounds, striking the suspect, who died at the scene.

Investigators were working to determine if the suspect had fired any shots.

No one else was injured during the shooting, including several bystanders who witnessed what happened.

At the time of the shooting, Thurby was wanted on a felony failure to appear warrant out of Boulder County, according to Longmont police. Those original charges included sexual assault on a child from a position of trust/pattern of trust, which is a class 3 felony. Additional charges included aggravated incest, sexual exploitation of a child, sexual exploitation of a child via video on a cell phone more than 20 times, sexual exploitation of a child via video on a tablet more than 20 times and violation of bond conditions.  

The movie theater did not shut down following the shooting. All movies playing at the time of the shooting continued. The area outside of the movie theater was taped off and the theater was not closed. 

The officers who fired their weapons are on paid administrative leave while their actions are investigated. 

Thursday's shooting marks the 49th officer-involved shooting in Colorado this year. There were 49 officer-involved shootings in 2017 and 2016.