JeffCo identifies armed man shot by deputies outside King Soopers grocery store

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The armed man who was shot and killed by deputies outside a grocery store was identified Monday.

Evan Hewer Bynum, 40, of south Jefferson County, pulled a gun on deputies outside the King Soopers grocery store at 8900 W. Belleview Avenue, according to Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Bynum was reported by a customer for acting suspiciously. Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer said witnesses and store security saw him talking to himself and that he had a handgun visible in the back pocket of his pants.

Techmeyer said deputies met Bynum outside and asked to speak to him, but Bynum responded by pulling the gun from his pocked. A series of shots were fired between the gunman and deputies.  The gunman was shot at least one time by deputies and was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital. 

A second handgun was discovered inside the Bynum's jacket.

Last month, an Erie woman and two young boys obtained protection orders barring Bynum from contacting them, according to Weld County court records. The woman and the boys are apparently related to Bynum and share his last name.

Bynum didn't have an arrest record in Colorado. Yet, in 2001, state wildlife officials cited him for possession of a loaded weapon in a vehicle in Weld County. The charge was later dropped by prosecutors.


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