Auto theft suspect shot by undercover trooper had long criminal record in Utah

DPD: Austin David Uncles pulled gun on trooper

DENVER - A man who was shot and killed by an undercover trooper during an auto theft investigation last Friday has been identified as Austin David Uncles, 26, of West Jordan, Utah.

Uncles was shot in the torso after he allegedly pulled a gun on troopers while they were trying to arrest him in front of the Ramada Plaza Denver Central.

Records show that Uncles had been in trouble with the law before.

According to a June 1, 2006 report in the Salt Lake Tribune, Uncles and one of his friends were sentenced in Juvenile Court for dumping the body of another friend who had died of a heroin overdose.

In February 2011, Uncles was found guilty of Theft by Receiving.

He was found guilty of Theft in March of 2013.

In May of 2013, Uncles was charged with Forgery in Salt Lake City District Court.

He had previously been charged, in Utah, with Possession or Use of a Controlled Substance, Escape from Official Custody and Failure to Stop at the Command of Law Enforcement.

Colorado State Troopers tracked Uncles to the Ramada Plaza at West 48th Avenue and Bannock Street last Friday during an auto theft investigation. 

Police told 7NEWS that when the undercover troopers tried to make an arrest, Uncles ran and then pulled a gun on the troopers.  That's when one of the troopers fired at the suspect, who then fell to the ground on Bannock Street in front of the Ramada.

Uncles was pronounced dead a few minutes later at Denver Health.

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