Man dies following altercation with Westminster police officer

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – A man is dead following an altercation with a Westminster Police Department officer on Saturday night.

Officers with the police department responded to area of Ranch Reserve Parkway and Federal Boulevard on reports that several people were fighting in the roadway just before 9 p.m.

When an officer arrived at the scene, two men advanced on the officer and refused to obey commands, according to Westminster Police Investigator Cheri Spottke.

A physical altercation ensued, and the officer fired his weapon, striking one of the men. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased. His identity will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once family members have been notified.

The officer involved in the shooting was not injured, but was placed on administrative leave per department policy.

This is an ongoing investigation and the 17th Judicial Critical Incident Investigation Team will investigate the incident.

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