DENVER – A police officer shot and killed a man they say was firing a gun into the air near West 29th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in Wheat Ridge Thursday afternoon.
Wheat Ridge police said no other people, including officers, were injured. Sheridan Boulevard is closed from W. 29th Ave. to W. 26th Ave., police said shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday.
Wheat Ridge Police Division Chief Darrel Guadnola said in a brief statement that the man had been firing a gun into the air while walking down Ames Street around 1:40 p.m.
He stopped near W. 29th Ave. and Sheridan Blvd. and "challenged police" while armed with a shotgun. Guadnola said Wheat Ridge officers then shot him in an effort to protect themselves and people nearby, Guadnola said. He died at the scene.
“While our officers responded to protect the lives of commuters and residents this afternoon, an incident that results in the loss of life is felt deeply by everyone involved,” Guadnola said.
Edgewater police said they were assisting in the investigation, which Guadnola said would last well into the evening.
The First Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team will handle the investigation into the shooting.
Guadnola said all of the officers involved will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation, per policy. They will be provided with counseling and peer support as well.
This is a developing news story and will be updated.