Police shot and killed a suicidal gunman in west Denver after less-lethal efforts failed

Police: Man threatened firefighters

DENVER - Police say a suicidal man with a gun who threatened firefighters was shot by officers and later died at a hospital on Tuesday evening.

Police said firefighters responded to the 2600 block of South Federal Boulevard at about 5:30 p.m. after receiving reports of an overdose and a suicidal party. There, they found a man with a gun and police were called in to help.

Witnesses told 7NEWS officers shot the agitated gunman who had been running around in the middle of South Federal Boulevard. The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m.

One witness told 7NEWS officers were trying to talk down the man with the gun, who was standing in the middle of Federal with a Chihuahua following at his heels.

Several times, the man put the gun to his head and officers fired a less-lethal round bean-bag projectile, the witness and police said.

"It stunned him, but it didn’t put him down, and he kept raising the gun," said one witness, who only wanted t be identified as John. "And once he was going towards a different house, that’s when they rushed to obviously save innocent people."

At some point, the gunman turned and ran toward a neighbor's house as police pursued him and eventually shot him as the confrontation escalated, witnesses said.

Police said the man was pronounced dead at the hospital. His identity has not been released.

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