Man Shot By Police In Thornton

Police: Man Was Armed With Knife

A man with a knife was shot by police in Thornton late Monday afternoon as he argued with his wife, police said.

Police were called to a home in the 9700 block of Downing Street at 5:10 p.m., on a report of a disturbance in the front yard, according to Officer Matt Barnes, Thornton police spokesman.

"Officers made multiple commands to the suspect to drop the knife and stop advancing towards the officers. An officer deployed his less lethal option, (a) Taser, and fired at the suspect," said Barnes. "The Taser was unsuccessful in stopping the suspect. One officer then fired their weapon at the suspect."

The condition of the man who was shot was unknown, according to Barnes.

"I heard three bangs; bang, bang, bang, and then I saw my neighbor dropping to the ground," said witness Sean Schroeder.

"They were like boom, boom, boom; it was pretty rhythmic," said neighbor James Hruby.

Police Received 911 Calls; Neighbors Heard Screaming

Police responded to the home because of multiple 911 calls made from a woman inside.

"At 5:07 p.m., the dispatcher heard a female screaming. That was disconnected. At which time we received another call at 5:08 p.m. and there was also screaming," said Barnes.

"I heard glass breaking," said Schroeder.

Police found broken windows on the first floor and man outside the home.

"When officers arrived they observed the suspect in the front yard with a large knife in his hand. He advanced on the officers," said Barnes.

Police told 7NEWS officers tried using a Taser but it was unsuccessful. One officer then shot the suspect.

"Whether it was a bean bag or a Taser, you always back that up with a lethal option just in case it is unsuccessful," said Barnes.

"As I looked out the back door, police officers were firing on one of our neighbors," said Schroeder.

"As we got to the corner, we saw the guy fall," said witness Joelle Yount.

Witnesses Heard Screaming After Officers Fired Shots

After the man was shot, neighbors heard officers shouting commands.

"You could hear someone saying, 'Get on the ground. Get on the ground,'" said Hruby. "This was after the gunshots."

"He was still moving around. Police officers then approached him and told him to stay on the ground and handcuffed him," said Schroeder.

As of Monday night, police did not say where the man was shot.

"Somewhere in the midsection because he had grabbed his stomach and collapsed to the ground," said Schroeder.

Police Had Previously Responded To Home

Police had been called to the home numerous times for domestic situations, including Sunday night. Barnes did not know of any restraining order between the husband and wife.

"Last night I saw the police here," said Schroeder. "I've never seen any fighting going on, but I've seen the police officers here."

"Prior to the police arrival (Monday), the suspect was reported to be damaging property in front of the house. This led to a physical altercation in the front yard between the husband and wife," said Barnes. "There were no reported injuries to officers or the wife."

Numerous police units were at the scene, and the street was closed while officers investigated.

Barnes classified the call as a domestic violence situation. He said there were children in the home at the time of the shooting -- a 16-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy. Neither was injured.

The two officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, pending further investigation by the Adams County Critical Incident Team, according to Barnes.

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