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Summit County Sheriff’s Office investigates deadly police shooting

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Posted at 10:33 AM, Jul 09, 2023
and last updated 2023-07-13 12:25:36-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — The Summit County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting involving a deputy and an officer Sunday morning that left one male suspect dead. No officers were injured.

It happened in the Summit Cove subdivision around 7:20 a.m.

According to the sheriff’s office, law enforcement responded to the area of Idlewild Drive at Summit Drive on a report of an armed male wandering around in the neighborhood waving a firearm and banging on doors.

Upon arrival, the sheriff’s office said deputies and officers from other agencies attempted to de-escalate the situation and gave commands to the male to drop his weapon.

But the male suspect failed to comply and allegedly pointed a handgun at law enforcement and “was subsequently shot by both the Deputy and Officer,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The deputy and officer were identified as Deputy Vincent Moquin and Officer Allen Jambor, of the Summit County Sheriff's Office and the Dillon Police Department, respectively.

Law enforcement rendered immediate medical aid after the shooting but was unable to revive him. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name and age have not been released.

“We recognize that incidents like this have a significant impact on our community, and we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the individual who lost their life. We understand the pain and grief that follows such a tragic event, and we are committed to providing support and resources to those affected during this difficult time. We want to assure the community that we remain committed to building and maintaining trust through transparency. We will provide updates on the progress of the investigation as they become available, while also respecting the confidentiality and legal considerations that may arise during the process. Thank you for your understanding, patience, and continued support as we navigate through this challenging time together”, Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said in the press release.

Per protocol, both the officer and deputy, whose names are not being released at this time, have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The 5th Judicial District Attorney's Office will conduct a criminal investigation, and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has been requested to conduct an internal investigation, the press release states.

During the incident, the sheriff’s office sent phone alerts to residents in the area asking them to shelter in place. A subsequent alert sent at 8:03 a.m. stated there was no longer a threat.

The first emergency message was erroneously sent as an all-county alert. However, a second message clarified that the situation was occurring in Summit Cove.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or possesses relevant information to contact Detective Sergeant Mark Gafari (970) 423-8960.

Editor's note on July 13, 2023: This story has been modified to include the identities of the deputy and officer who fired their weapon against the suspect.

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