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Pueblo Police: Suspect fired CO2 pistol at officers before fatal shooting

Posted at 5:39 AM, Nov 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 19:21:27-05

PUEBLO — Investigators in Pueblo say the suspect involved in the officer-involved shooting fired a CO2 pistol at the officers Saturday.

According to the Pueblo Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 3200 block of Rex St. for a domestic disturbance. During the 911 call, a crying female could be heard on the line along with a man in the background who was making threats.

When officers arrived, they heard screaming and yelling coming from inside the home. According to police, a man, who has been identified as 24-year-old Estevon Cruz, could be heard threatening to take a woman as a hostage. Due to the threat, officers made entry into the home to try and stop an active threat to the female victim.

As they entered through the front door, the woman ran out of the home and Cruz was in a hallway. According to police, Cruz was holding a weapon and firing it at the officers. The officers returned fire and hit Cruz. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Four officers were place on routine administrative leave. The 10th Judicial District Critical incident Team is investigating the case, PPD said.

This is the 6th officer-involved shooting in the Pueblo City limits in 2019.