Fatal shooting by Boulder Police investigated

Police: Man armed with knives

BOULDER, Colo. - The Boulder County Investigation Team is investigating a fatal shooting after a Boulder police officer shot an armed suspect during a disturbance in an apartment building at 3009 Madison St. Sunday afternoon.

Boulder officers responded to a call at 12:30 p.m. from a neighbor who reported that a man, armed with a knife and a machete, was making threatening remarks and stabbing a post outside his apartment.

When officers arrived, they knocked on the door of the apartment where the suspect lives. When they got no response, they forced the door open, police said in a statement.

"When they forced the door open a male suspect came from behind the door to the threshold, he had a knife in each hand, he came at the officer," said City of Boulder spokeswoman Sarah Huntley,  "The officer repeatedly told him to get down get down when the suspect did not do so the officer opened fire and shot twice with a rifle."

A Daily Camera reporter at the scene heard someone yell "drop the knife!" twice.

The 42-year-old suspect was transported to Boulder Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The officer, a 14-year veteran of the department, was not injured. He was placed on administrative leave with pay, pursuant to departmental policy in these types of incidents. Several other officers witnessed the shooting.

Police said they were called to the same apartment earlier Saturday on a domestic violence call involving a woman.

"Her family members called earlier this morning to say that she was on the premises and they were concerned there might be a domestic going on at that time," said Huntley.  "Officers responded here they spoke with the woman, they did not determine there was any problem or any crime had occurred so they left the premises."

Neither the suspect nor the officer is being identified at this time.

A neighbor said the police were called on the same man three or four months ago when he stabbed the table with a knife where his girlfriend was sitting.

"Around 2 o'clock in the morning, I got a call from her saying he kicked her out and she needed a place to stay.  I live just two apartments over and she stayed with me," said Jennie McDaniel. 

The Boulder County Investigation Team is staffed by investigators from a variety of Boulder County law enforcement agencies. The team is responsible for conducting unbiased, objective investigations in cases when officers use deadly force or other incidents involving in-custody deaths.

Officer-involved shootings are unusual in Boulder. The last incident of this type involving Boulder police was in 2008 when a SWAT officer shot and killed a man who said he was wearing a bomb and threatened to detonate it inside Boulder Community Hospital.

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