Weekend shootings involve officers

Unrelated police-involved incidents yield investigation Staff Report
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Northglenn and Thornton police are investigating two unrelated officer-involved shootings that happened over the holiday weekend.

On Monday, Sept. 2, at about 12:45 p.m., Northglenn police officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress in the 11400 block of Fowler Drive. Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a man armed with a knife. Officers ordered the man to drop the knife, the suspect refused and charged at them, according to police. One officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect at least twice. The suspect was transported to the Denver Health Medical Center for treatment.

No officers were injured during the incident and no additional information is being released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are asked to call Sgt. Ron Haralson at 303-450-8872.

On Friday, Aug. 30, at about 7:29 p.m., Thornton police were dispatched to 2642 E. 98th Place, in reference to an intoxicated adult male threatening people with a bat.

Preliminary investigation indicates that when officers arrived they contacted the suspect, armed with a bat and a knife, in the front yard of the residence. According to police, the man charged at police, who made multiple commands for the suspect to drop the weapons. One officer used a Taser, which was ineffective and did not stop the suspect. A second officer shot the man, who later died of his injuries.

The man’s identity is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. The Adams County Coroners Office will determine the manner and cause of death.

One officer has been placed on paid administration leave pending the outcome of the investigation by the Adams County Critical Incident Team.