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Westminster police officer shoots man who was allegedly threatening ex-wife with stolen gun

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Posted at 11:30 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 18:15:10-04

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Westminster police shot a man Thursday morning who had allegedly threatened to kill his ex-wife and was assaulting her at her home before he apparently pointed a gun at officers.

The shooting occurred at W. 71st Avenue and Hooker Street Thursday morning around 9:30 a.m.

Westminster police said that dispatch received a call from the woman around 9:20 a.m. in which she said her ex-husband had said he was on his way to kill her with a gun he had allegedly stolen from her on Wednesday.

The woman said her ex is on parole and dispatchers overheard a “disturbance” in the background of the call. When officers arrived, they heard a woman screaming inside the apartment. The man came outside and allegedly pointed a gun at the responding officer, who fired at the man and hit him.

The woman went back inside her apartment as the man tried to run, police said, but was taken into custody. Police said he was taken to an area hospital and was in stable condition as of Thursday afternoon.

Police said the woman was treated for minor injuries and the scene and no officers were injured.

Police said no other details, including the name of the suspect, would be released at the time. Spokesperson Investigator Cheri Spottke said 71st Ave. between Hooker and Grove would be closed “for most of the afternoon” as the investigation continued.

The police shooting will be investigated by the Adams County 17th Judicial District Critical Incident Investigation Team.

This is the fourth officer-involved shooting in Westminster this year.

This shooting occurred about a block away from an officer-involved shooting on Sept. 18 on Hooker Street near W. 72nd Avenue. In this incident, SWAT was serving a search warrant around 5:45 a.m. and a man in the home pointed a gun at them. Officers shot at the suspect in response. No officers were injured in that shooting and the man was transported to the hospital.