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Westminster police shoot, kill a knife-wielding man they say broke into home

Posted at 3:09 PM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 19:43:41-04

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Police in Westminster say a burglary suspect armed with a knife was shot and killed by officers after the suspect charged toward them.

The Westminster Police Department tweeted officers were responding to a report of a burglary in progress in the 3300 block of West 97th Avenue around 1:05 p.m. Tuesday when the shooting occurred.

Police say a homeowner reported that he was locked in his bedroom and a male armed with a knife was inside his apartment.

When officers arrived, they found a door had been forced open. Police say officers then checked an open door to the apartment when the knife-wielding man charged them.

According to the police tweet, two officers fired their weapons, striking the suspect. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The homeowner was unharmed. The Adams County Coroner’s office will release the suspect's identity.

Rocky Mountain Elementary was placed on lockout due to the proximity of the school to the scene. 

The 17th Judicial Critical Incident Investigation team will be investigating the officer involved shooting. Both officers will be placed on paid administrative leave, per protocol.

Police have not released additional details related to the incident.

According to previous Denver7 reports, this is the 5th officer-involved shooting in Westminster this year — the latest occurring August 26.

This is a developing story; check back for further updates.