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Burglary suspect shot to death by Westminster police ID'd

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Posted at 10:46 AM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 12:46:21-04

DENVER (AP) -- Authorities have released the name of a Denver man who was shot to death by two Westminster police officers.

The Denver Post reports 49-year-old Thomas Tucker Jr. was armed and suspected in a burglary when police confronted him.

Police spokeswoman Cheri Spottke says officers responded to a report of a burglary Tuesday afternoon in which the victim said he found several people stealing items from his garage. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the victim and punched him in the face.

The group then left in a car and on a motorcycle.

Police located the motorcycle ridden by Tucker, who crashed and then fled on foot. Investigators say Tucker was shot when he showed a weapon.

Police have not found the group of people that fled in the car, a silver Chevy Malibu.

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