LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Lakewood police officers who opened fire on a suspect wielding a toy gun Tuesday switched to bean bag ammunition before their second volley, police say.
The shooting occurred as officers responded to a woman's 911 call about a domestic dispute in the parking lot outside the Walmart store at Colfax Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard. She left the car and went into the store while officers were responding, Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis said.
When the officers arrived, they ordered the man to exit his car several times. When when the man finally came out, Davis said, he also took what appeared to be a handgun out of his waistband and pointed it at the officers.
Witness Vonna Stephens reported hearing shots fired and then the voices of yelling officers. The suspect was hit twice by that initial round of gunfire, Davis said.
"They said 'Drop the gun. Drop the gun!'" Stephens said. "They fired more shots. Finally they said, 'Get on your back!' And they kept saying that and, 'Drop the gun.'"
Davis says that second volley involved bean bag rounds and was fired with the intention of knocking the weapon from the man's hand.
The suspect was later identified as 31-year-old Alex Robert Martines.
After the shooting, the officers discovered Martines was carrying an Airsoft gun.
Police described the suspect's wounds from both the real bullets and the bean bag rounds as "non-life threatening." He was treated at a hospital, then released to be interviewed by detectives and appear in court Wednesday.
Martines had four outstanding warrants and was accused in this incident of felony menacing, domestic violence, third-degree assault and harassment. Martines' bond was set at $25,000 during a Wednesday court appearance.
He is next due in court on May 13.