Greeley police officers shoot, kill gunman who allegedly threatened a 'shoot-out'

GREELEY, Colo. - Greeley officers killed a heavily-armed military veteran who got on the phone with a dispatcher and threatened "they are going to have a shootout" overnight.

The incident began just before 3 a.m. Wednesday when a caller reported that a relative was outside a home on the 1300 block of Fourth Street with two or three guns, including an AR-15 rifle. The caller said the gunman was intoxicated and a military veteran suffering from PTSD, according to Sgt. Joseph Tymkowych's news release.

When the officers arrived, they ordered the gunman to raise his hands. Tymkowych said police opened fire when he pointed a long gun at an officer instead.

The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"I am both saddened and angry that this individual put our young officers and their families through this. I am equally sad that he inflicted pain on his own family members," Chief Jerry Garner said in a statement prepared by Tymkowych.

As an officer involved shooting, the incident will be investigated by the Weld County District Attorney's Office.

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