Man shot by police at Walmart in Lakewood pointed a toy gun at officers

Suspect taken to St. Anthony with unknown injuries

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - A man shot by police outside the Walmart in Lakewood early Tuesday morning pointed a toy gun at officers.

The man was rushed to St. Anthony Hospital with non-life threatening injuries at about 4 a.m., according to the Lakewood Police Department.

A woman called police to report a domestic violence incident involving a gun at about 3:30 a.m., police confirmed.

The couple was in a car in the parking lot of the Walmart at West Colfax Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard.

When officers arrived, the man got out of the car and pointed what appeared to be a gun at them, said Steve Davis with Lakewood police.

The officers both fired shots at the man, Davis said.

"They said 'Drop the gun. Drop the gun!'" said witness Vonna Stephens. "They fired more shots. Finally they said, 'Get on your back!' And they kept saying that and, 'Drop the gun.'"

"They gave the man every opportunity to drop the gun. And he didn't," Stephens said. "As a matter of fact, at one point, I was watching it and I got kind of bored, because, you know, it was the same old thing."

Afterwards, Lakewood police confirmed the man was holding an airsoft gun.

The woman involved in the incident was not hurt and was being interviewed by police.

Another bystander told 7NEWS he heard about 12 shots and then another succession of six to eight shots but police did not confirm the number of shots fired.

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