PUEBLO – On Friday night Pueblo police officers pulled over a man driving a white Ford Ranger on Lake Avenue.
During the traffic stop, officers discovered the driver had an active warrant out of Weld County for a traffic-related offense.
The officer approached the driver and asked him to step out of the car when the man sped away without warning.
The officer, who was standing next to the open driver-side door, sustained a minor knee injury when the suspect drove off.
A short time later, officers tracked down the suspect to a house on Bohmen Avenue. Officers attempted to make contact with the man when they found out he was armed with a handgun.
The suspect refused to leave the house so eventually, the Special Weapons and Tactics team was deployed.
Over the course of several hours, officers tried negotiating with the suspect.
The SWAT team utilized special techniques designed to peacefully resolves instances where a suspect is barricaded in but the man still refused to come out of the house.
Around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, after the SWAT team used different techniques to resolve the situation, the armed suspect quickly ran out the front door.
The suspect pointed his firearm at a team of SWAT officers. Eight officers, including six SWAT officers, fired at the armed suspect.
The 31-year-old Pueblo man died at the scene. No officers were injured during this incident.
The Tenth Judicial District Critical Incident Team was activated and initiated an investigation.
All eight officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave per standard protocol.
This incident marks the Pueblo Police Department’s third officer-involved shooting this year.
News 5 has a crew on the scene gathering more details. We will continue to bring you updates as the story develops.