AURORA, Colo. – A man driving a stolen vehicle died after he was shot by a Denver police officer conducting a traffic stop in Aurora early Monday evening, a Denver police chief said during a news conference.
Just before 6 p.m., Denver police officers encountered a stolen vehicle on Cedar Avenue and Federal Boulevard in southwest Denver, according to Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas.
Officers followed the vehicle to the area of Iliff Avenue and I-225 in Aurora when the suspect stopped the vehicle, got out and reportedly threatened officers with a weapon, Thomas said.
Officers fired and struck the suspect, who has taken to a local hospital where he later died from the injuries sustained in the shooting.
The suspect’s identity has yet to be released.
It’s unclear how many shots were fired, but that will be investigated in the days to come.
The confrontation between the man and police closed the southbound off-ramp of I-225 on E. Iliff Avenue as well as Iliff Avenue in both directions, for several hours. All lanes of I-225 reopened around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
You can watch the news conference in its entirety below: