Merchant guards for RTD killed man who pointed gun at them in Denver

Posted at 2:56 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 20:48:04-04

DENVER — Two guards employed by Allied Security, under contract by RTD, shot and killed a man who they say pointed a gun at them in Denver on Wednesday night. 

According to Denver Police, who provided an update nearly a day later, the guards — who are merchant guards without actual police authority — came across a man laying in the grass near West 9th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard on Wednesday around 7:30 p.m.

The guards say they approached the person, but noticed the man had a gun. Denver Police say they "commanded" the person not to touch the weapon, but the man allegedly pointed the gun at one of the security officers despite the order.

Police say one of the guards — a female — fell down during the action, and the other guard — a male — then fired on the suspect because he feared for his partner's life.

After being shot, police say the suspect pointed the gun at the officers again, at which time both officers shot the suspect.

The guards then called for medical help, however the suspect died from his gunshot wounds while being transported. 

Police in Denver say they continue to investigate the shooting, and still have additional people to interview, including civilian witnesses.

Currently, neither of the two security guards are facing charges. Police say the only authority the have to make arrests is the power to make a civilian arrest. 

The name of the person who was shot has not yet been released. 

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