Suspect killed in 2nd officer-involved shooting in Denver

Man killed in earlier officer-involved shooting

DENVER - An auto-theft suspect was shot and killed by Denver Police in northwest Denver Wednesday evening.

A large police presence descended on 4750 Tejon St., immediately after the shooting. That is the address of the Romero Family Funeral Home.

A police spokesman said officers were following the 21-year-old fugitive felon to arrest him on two felony arrest warrants when the suspect pulled into the funeral home parking lot.

Armed officers from the Denver Police fugitive and gang units surrounded the suspect's car and he was shot by four of them.

"Early indications are that the subject did not have a weapon," said Cmdr. Matt Murray. He said the subject was moving in the car and did something to make the officers react in the way they did.

Murray said police had been looking for the suspect all day.

A crowd of people at the funeral home became irate that police had interfered with a funeral home viewing and additional officers were called in. One Denver Police officer was injured in a scuffle and he was transported to the hospital for treatment.

"There was no intention on the DPD to interrupt this funeral," Murray said at a 9 p.m. briefing. He said police are interviewing at least 45 witnesses.  He said that anyone who may have video of  the shooting should contact police.

An earlier news conference by police was interrupted by several men yelling profanities and claiming police "murdered" the suspect and "almost ran over a little girl." One of the men said they saw the shooting and at least 10 shots were fired by officers after they boxed in the the suspect's car in the funeral home parking lot.

"They came in super hard on him," the man said.

The mother of the boy for whom the viewing was being held said the person who was shot was a friend of her son.

Earlier in the afternoon, a man was shot to death by Denver Police in what police called a drug deal gone bad at Overland Pond Park.

"The reasons they shot him are not yet known," Murray said. "It's standard protocol for us not to talk to officers until the end of the investigation.

The man who was shot has a previous criminal history -- mostly auto theft charges -- Murray told reporters at a 9 p.m. briefing.

Murray said he couldn't remember two officer-involved shootings occurring in one day. 

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