“Police are investigating a police shooting that left a man dead in the area of 26th Street and Curtis Street., though the department says the man died of “what appears to be” a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Officers responded to the 1000 block of 25th Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“We had a call from a citizen on an unknown party — a suspicious party — who was trying doors in the neighborhood,” said Division Chief Ron Thomas with Denver Police Department.
The first officer in the area spotted a person who matched the suspicious party’s description and attempted to make contact.
“That individual began to flee,” Thomas said. “Ultimately, they turned and fired on the officer. The officer did return fire, continued pursuit. And then the pursuit ended (around) about 26th and Curtis where the suspect was injured at that location.”
About a half a dozen shots were exchanged between the officer and the suspect, according to early estimates from investigators.”
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Schildmeyer, April. Channel 7 News 1 August 2019.