Gunman who brandished a gun was shot by officers, Pueblo police say

DENVER — A man wearing a tactical vest and armed with multiple firearms was shot and killed by Pueblo police after officers claimed he raised his weapon as they attempted to contact the suspect on Sunday afternoon.

Just before 3 p.m., police received a call about a suicidal man near the intersection of W. 27e Street and 6e Ave. More calls about the suspect would be received by the department, saying the man was threatening to shoot himself and others in the area.

Police said in a news release that the man was also trying to stop cars traveling in the area before officers tried to contact him on the street.

Officers at the scene said the man – who has not been identified – was wearing a tactical vest and was armed with multiple firearms. They also said he ignored police orders and raised his gun.

It is unclear whether the man raised his gun at officers, but police shot the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. No officers were injured in the shooting, a department spokesperson said.

The 10th Judicial District Critical Incident Team, led by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, will handle the police investigation into the shootings. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy.

The Pueblo Police Department said in his exit Sunday night, the police department’s “understanding of this incident may change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed and reviewed.”

It further states, “The Pueblo Police Department makes no determinations as to whether officers acted in accordance with our policies and the law until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. ”

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741. You can also contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or text 38255. More mental health resources can be found here.