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Pueblo Police release video of fatal officer-involved shooting

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Pueblo Police released dashcam and body cam video that showed an officer involved shooting from February 2017 that was ruled as justified in August 2017. Officials have received several requests for the footage, so police decided to release the video directly to the public via YouTube.

The video shows multiple officers trying to pull over 35-year-old Andrew Byrd. Police said they received a call the day before the shooting from a woman who claimed her gray 2005 Lexus sedan was parked in front of a home on Acero Ave. and Byrd was inside.

A check uncovered the Byrd as a known gang member with active warrants for his arrest. While this type of call is normally a civil matter, police tried to contact the man, but were unsuccessful.

The next night, the same woman called to report the man was back in front of her home in a different car. She told dispatchers the driver and passenger had pistols in their laps.

When an officer arrived to contact the driver, the man left the area. An officer followed the Toyota until it stopped behind a parked semi, then tried to avoid another officer and crashed into the large truck.

Officer Neal Robinson got out of his patrol unit to order Byrd to stop the car. However, Byrd tries to back out, hitting the car of the officer who first responded to the call. Byrd refused orders to "turn the car off".

Byrd then tried again to drive down the street, away from police, when Officer Robinson fired his pistol once through the driver's window, killing Byrd. The other responding officer fired her gun, but it did not hit Byrd.

The Pueblo County District Attorney ruled on August 14, 2017 that the shooting was justified. Prosecutors said Officer Robinson thought his life was in danger. Police also said Robinson said he saw Byrd reach his hand underneath the seat of the car, possibly reaching for a gun. Robinson also said he thought his life was in danger when Byrd put the car into drive and tried to drive away. 

The other responding officer said she shot her weapon because she thought Officer Robinson had been shot.

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