Man shot by deputies at King Soopers talked to the stars, neighbor says

Suspect shot at store at Kipling and Belleview

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - Jefferson County deputies shoot and kill an armed man outside a King Soopers.

The 40-year-old suspect was shot outside of the store at Kipling and Belleview Saturday, said Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer.

Techmeyer said a customer reported a man acting suspiciously inside the store.  Witnesses and store security said the man was talking to himself and had a handgun visible in his back pants pocket.

Deputies met the suspect outside and asked to speak to him, and the man responded by pulling a gun from his pocket, investigators said.  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 suspect’s jacket.

The man's identity is not being released pending notification of family, but the Jefferson County Bomb squad searched his home today.

"When I got home, they were removing multiple weapons from the house," said Mike Orecchio, a neighbor who said the suspect had mental health issues. "The police have been here many times. I've called them before."

Orecchio said the suspect lost his job several months ago and went downhill fast.

"He talked to himself, talked to the stars, talked to anything and was very angry," said Orecchio. "I feel bad for him, and it’s sad, but I knew something was going to happen.  I wish somebody could have helped him, but he refused the help."

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