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Suspect dead, two officers injured following police shooting in Pueblo

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Jun 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-30 17:54:18-04

PUEBLO, CO — An officer-involved shooting leaves one man dead, one woman hospitalized and two officers injured.

Officers were dispatched to a shooting near Fountain Creek at approximately 3:19 p.m. on Wednesday.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a woman on a dirt road east of the block of Dillon Dr. She sustained a single gunshot wound and the male suspect was no longer on the scene.

Officers began searching for the suspect and located him south of where the woman was shot.

As officers approached the armed suspect in their patrol car, the suspect began firing at officers. One round shattered the passenger window, injuring one of the officers.

Two officers returned fire and shot the suspect who was then pronounced dead on the scene.

The Pueblo County Coroner identified the suspect as 66-year-old Mark Sales of Pueblo.

The woman was transported to the hospital and is being treated for her wounds.

Both of the officers sustained minor injuries from the shooting.

The officers involved were placed on administrative leave per protocol.

This is the third officer involved shooting involving Pueblo Police in less than one week.

"You worry about your coworkers. Obviously this is a dangerous profession and you worry about the coworkers, the people you work with. You're serving the community, but unfortunately some people don't see it that way," said Sergeant Frank Ortega with PPD.

Read the full news release here.

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