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Pueblo Police: 1 dead in an officer-involved shooting on 19th St

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Nov 15, 2021

PUEBLO — "I heard four gunshots, rapid succession," said Pueblo resident Steve Pena. He quickly looked out the window and saw police at a nearby house with guns drawn.

The Pueblo Police Department confirmed that there was a deadly officer-involved shooting Monday morning at 19th and Monument.

According to police, the incident began around 9 a.m. when a code enforcement officer responded to a home for complaints about weeds and trash. The situation escalated with reports of someone at the house confronting code enforcement with a gun.

Police dispatched officers to the location. "Somebody in the residence exited and threatened them with a firearm," said Sergeant Frank Ortega with the Pueblo Police Department.

The man from the residence was shot and died at the scene. Sgt. Ortega told News 5 that the man did fire his gun but he did not injure anyone.

There was then a stand-off with people who would not come out of the house. After several hours, two people surrendered to officers peacefully. Police also conducted a search warrant at the home and are now following up with additional interviews and questioning.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies outside of the Pueblo Police Department have taken over the investigation.