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Denver police: Officers shoot man who threatened them with assault rifle

Man died Sunday evening
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Posted at 3:57 PM, May 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-31 08:37:02-04

DENVER — Police in Denver are investigating a shooting involving two officers in southwest Denver Sunday afternoon.

Police said the officers shot and wounded a man who was armed with an assault rifle in the 1300 block of W. Alameda Avenue. No officers were injured. On Sunday evening, police said the suspect had died.

The man, described as an adult Black male, was transported to Denver Health, where his condition is unknown, according Denver Police Division Chief Ron Thomas.

Thomas said the two Denver officers were responding to a 911 call when the shooting occurred. A caller reported that the man approached a liquor store armed with an assault rifle. It's unclear what the man's intentions were at the liquor store, Thomas said.

When officers arrived in the area, Thomas said the officers observed the man walking northwest of the liquor store.

The officers stopped their vehicles and issued the man commands. However, Thomas said the man ignored the officers’ commands and began advancing toward the officers and threatened them with the weapon. That’s when the two officers opened fire. Thomas said multiple rounds were fired.

The officers involved in the shooting were transported to police headquarters for questioning. A multi-agency investigation is underway, Thomas said. Investigators will review body-worn cameras and make a determination at a later date.