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Denver police shoot, kill knife-wielding woman at downtown intersection

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Posted at 1:12 PM, Jun 16, 2024

DENVER — Police in Denver are investigating a shooting involving officers in the downtown area that left one woman dead Sunday.

It happened at 11:44 a.m. on Broadway near the Lawrence Street intersection.

Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas said officers responded to the area on a report that a woman holding a knife was in the intersection.

When officers arrived, they confronted the woman and gave her commands to drop the knife. However, Thomas said the woman refused and began advancing toward the officers.

Three officers opened fire and struck the woman after at least two tasing attempts failed to stop the woman from advancing, according to Thomas.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She was identified by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner as Miguel Tapia, 52.

Thomas described the weapon the woman was holding as a, "very large, hunting-style knife."

Police did not report additional injuries to officers or other individuals.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on leave per department protocol.

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