Trespassing suspect shot and killed by Adams County Sheriff's Office deputy

After group flees gathering at vacant house
Posted at 7:49 AM, Jul 07, 2018

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- A man suspected of trespassing is dead after he was shot and killed by an Adams County deputy early Saturday morning. 

Deputies responded to a trespassing call at a vacant home at 7028 Lipan Street two times within a four-hour period; once around between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, and again at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

The parking lot near Scott Carpenter Middle School, which is just across the street, is a common place for teenagers to meet up in the summertime, neighbors told Denver7, in response to the increased police presence they witnessed Saturday.

"My understanding is that you can get on Facebook and find out where these parties are at and they will bounce from city to city doing those types of things," said Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh.

Investigators said when they arrived to the house on the second call, that's when deputies noticed cars speeding away from the home.

The deputies started following the group of cars away from the house, according to the sheriff's spokesperson. But about a mile away from the home, one of the cars got in a crash at W. 70th Ave. and Broadway with another vehicle, abruptly ending the vehicle chase. 

Adams County Sheriff spokesman Michael McIntosh told Denver7 people inside of the suspect vehicle got out of the crashed car moments before a deputy started chasing one of the suspects on foot. That suspect then pulled a weapon at the southwest corner of the intersection, before he was shot and killed by the pursuing deputy, McIntosh said. The deputy was not injured.

At least one person was taken to the hospital.

The intersection of 70th Avenue and Broadway was closed for a while as investigators combed the scene, but the streets have since been reopened. 

The deputy involved in the officer-involved shooting has been placed on administrative leave per department policy. McIntosh told Denver7 that deputy has been with the sheriff's office for a little more than three years.

Neighbors said the home in question on Lipan St. is not the only house on the block that is vacant. The house right next door does not have a current tenant either after a fatal shooting earlier this year.

"There was an incident there and somebody got shot and killed," said Lipan St. resident Perry Gienger. "The house has been vacant ever since.”