PUEBLO, Colo. — An officer was injured and a suspect died after a shooting in Pueblo late Tuesday evening.
Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, two officers with the Pueblo Police Department were on patrol when they found a suspicious male near the entrance of the Don Quixote Apartments parking lot along the 2000 block of Acero Avenue, police said.
When the police tried to contact the male, he ran. The officers pursued on foot. The suspect then pulled a gun and opened fire on the police. One officer was struck in both of his legs. Both of the officers returned fire. The suspect was hit and died at the scene.
The injured officer was transported to the hospital and went into surgery. Pueblo police said Wednesday afternoon that the officer, who has not been identified, received "extensive damage" to their legs and is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks.
The man shot by police has been identified as 28-year-old Michael Wray Hensley of Pueblo. He was on parole when the shooting happened and had an active warrant for his arrest.
The Tenth Judicial District’s Critical Incident Team has started an investigation into the incident. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave. Their names will be released by the police department at a later time, police said.
This is the Pueblo Police Department’s second officer-involved shooting of 2019.