Police officers cleared in fatal Feb. shooting of armed man in Commerce City

Posted at 4:43 PM, May 05, 2017

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Police officers who shot and killed a man during a standoff in Commerce City in February won’t face any criminal charges.

District Attorney Dave Young released the findings of an investigation into the shooting Friday, saying there is “no reasonable likelihood of success of proving that the involved officers committed any crimes beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.”

The incident in question began in the evening hours of Feb. 5, 2017, when officers responded to a home in the 5800 block of Magnolia Street after receiving a report of a man who had threatened a woman.

According to the DA’s report, officers and a crisis negotiator repeatedly tried to get the suspect, Cole Wooley, to drop his gun, but he refused and a Taser proved unsuccessful in incapacitating him.

When Wooley pointed his gun at police, officers David Adams, Tyler Ahlem, Tom Boskovich, Brandon Zborowsi and Sergeant Rick Anderson all fired at Wooley, killing him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

While the DA report clears the officers of any potential criminal charges, it does not weigh whether the officers’ actions were appropriate or followed departmental procedures and policies. That review would be up to the individual agencies.

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