Coroner: Man killed during confrontation with deputies shot self

Coroner found only one gunshot wound

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - A Larimer County man who died during a confrontation with deputies Friday night shot himself, the county coroner determined.

Deputies were called to the 100 block of Guardian Peak Drive in Glacier View just before midnight Friday after a woman called saying her former boyfriend had just showed up at her home.

The man was later identified as James D. Smith, 65, of Livermore.

The woman believed Smith had overdosed and needed medical attention, said Kathy Messick of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

While deputies were driving to the home, the woman reported that Smith had gone outside with a handgun. Sheriff's Office spokesman John Schulz said she locked herself inside at that time.

When the deputies arrived, Smith began trying to break into the house. Schulz said they came to believe the woman was in imminent danger.

When Smith raised the handgun and fired, Schulz said a deputy also fired a single shot.

Smith was not struck by the deputy's bullet, the coroner found. He died of a self-inflicted wound to the head.

Neither the woman nor the deputies were harmed.

Following normal protocol, Schulz said the deputy was placed on administrative leave. An internal review will be conducted and the District Attorney's office will also conduct a use of force review.

If you are feeling suicidal, please contact one of the suicide hotlines in Colorado.

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