NewsLocal News


Officer shot and killed a man carrying pepper spray, weapon Thursday night, Fort Collins police say

Posted at 6:50 AM, Nov 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-12-04 17:01:53-05

UPDATE | Dec. 4 — The person killed by Fort Collins police on Nov. 17 has been identified as William L. Hayes, 28, of Fort Collins, according to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.


FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A police officer shot and killed a man carrying pepper spray and a weapon Thursday night, according to a news release on the City of Fort Collins website.

Officers got a call just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday reporting a man in an alley yelling racial slurs who may have attacked someone with a weapon in his hand, Fort Collins police said.

When an officer arrived at the alley near W. Laurel Street and S. College Avenue, Fort Collins police said he found the suspect holding what the officer described as an "edged weapon" and pepper spray.

The man did not follow orders from the officer to drop his weapons, according to the news release.

The officer then used his Taser, but when the suspect kept walking toward him, the officer shot the suspect several times.

Other Fort Collins police officers then arrived on scene and began giving the suspect medical treatment. He was taken to a nearby hospital, but later died. There were no other injuries, according to Fort Collins police.

The 8th Judicial District Critical Incident Response will investigate the shooting.

The Larimer County Coroner’s Office will release the victim's identity once his family has been notified.

Fort Collins police officer shot and killed a man carrying pepper spray, weapon Thursday night

D7 follow up bar 2460x400FINAL.png
The Follow Up
What do you want Denver7 to follow up on? Is there a story, topic or issue you want us to revisit? Let us know with the contact form below.