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Suspect killed during police shooting at Pueblo West middle school

Deputy injured during confrontation
Police shooting Pueblo West middle school
Police shooting Pueblo West middle school
Posted at 4:34 PM, Feb 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-22 23:23:26-05

PUEBLO WEST, Colo. — A suspect was killed during a police shooting at a Pueblo West middle school Tuesday, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office.

Around 3:20 p.m., deputies were called out to Liberty Point International Middle School for a report of a suspicious person, according to Chief David Lucero of the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office. They arrived three minutes later and made contact.

Lucero said the man, who was possibly inebriated, was banging on the windows of parents' cars in the parking lot. School staff approached him before law enforcement arrived, then locked down the school.

The man became "assaultive," Lucero said, and fought with deputies. He headbutted a deputy during the confrontation. The deputy was injured, possibly suffering a broken nose, according to Lucero.

During the fight, the man attempted to take the deputy's weapon, Lucero said. The man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

Lucero said students were never in danger.

The 10th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting. School tomorrow was already canceled due to weather, according Superintendent Ed Smith. Counselors will be available for students once school reopens.

This story is breaking. Our sister station, KOAA, has a crew headed to the scene. This article will be updated when more information becomes available.