2019 Colorado Officer-Involved Shootings

This list compiles all officer-involved shootings in Colorado since Jan. 1, 2019. For the purposes of this list, an officer-involved shooting is defined as an incident where a police officer and/or suspect discharge a firearm.

There have been 36 officer-involved shootings in Colorado in 2019. Twenty-two people have been killed in those shootings.

Updated July 21, 2019 @ 11:32 a.m.

July

July 18 — A man was shot and killed by police during a domestic disturbance call in Pueblo. Police say 53-year-old Patrick Martinez was shot when he tried to attack officers with a knife after they arrived at the scene Thursday evening. He died at a nearby hospital. According to a police release, no officers were injured in the shooting. Martinez was arrested earlier this year on kidnapping, menacing and assault charges, to which he pleaded not guilty.

July 4 — Authorities say a man suspected in the death of a woman in Denver has died after police shot him during a chase. The shooting happened early Thursday in Lakewood. Denver police chasing the suspect forced him to stop after a crash with a police car around 4 a.m. Authorities said the man, who has not been identified, ran and began shooting at officers continuing to pursue him on foot. The officers fired back. The man died at a hospital. Police say no officers were hurt.

July 1 — A man who fired at least a couple of shots along a busy Denver street during the morning commute is dead after being shot by police. Police responded after getting reports the man was causing a disturbance on a Regional Transportation District bus, according to Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen. Officials said the man smashed the bus windshield. After the man was told to get off the RTD bus, he started walking toward downtown, Pazen said, and fired at least two shots in the air before pointing his handgun at one of the Denver police officers who was following him. The officer fired three shots, killing the man. Police identified the man as 22-year-old Christopher Barela. A police spokesperson said the officer who shot Barela fired three times.

June

June 28 — An investigation is underway after police in southern Colorado shot and killed a homicide suspect following a chase and a brief standoff. The suspect, whose name hasn't been released, was spotted driving Friday afternoon and led officers on a chase that ended at a mobile home park. Pueblo Police Capt. Kenny Rider says a standoff in one of the homes lasted about an hour before "one thing led to another and shots were fired." Six officers fired at the armed suspect, who died at the scene. He's thought to have shot 23-year-old Wayne Riddock to death the morning of June 25.

June 18 — Colorado authorities say police fatally shot Michael Sheridan, 34, after he shot at officers trying to arrest him on several warrants. The exchange of gunfire occurred at an apartment complex in Jefferson County, southwest of Denver. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mike Taplin said a regional task force tracked him from Denver to the apartment complex. Taplin said the county's SWAT team was asked to help with the arrest on warrants for felony menacing, third-degree assault and weapon possession by a previous offender. He said Sheridan fired at police first and officers shot back, fatally wounding him.

June 14 — GrandJunction police shot a 29-year-old man who was walking with a handgun on a road after they responded to a report of a suicidal male. Police say when officers approached the man, a confrontation occurred and they shot him. Officials say he was transported to an area hospital and is being treated for his injuries. He has not been identified.

June 8 — A Colorado police officer shot and wounded a man who was reported holding a road flare near a methanol tank. Authorities say the incident occurred about 9 a.m. in rural Weld County after police responded to a call about a suspicious person. Police say they encountered a man who refused to comply with their verbal commands. After less lethal attempts against the man were ineffective, a Greeleypolice officer fired his weapon at the suspect who was taken to anearby hospital. Police declined to release the identity and condition of the suspect.

May

May 19Police in Trinidad shot and killed a man after he tried to flee from officers. Authorities said Trinidad Police responded to a convenience store in response to a call of a suspicious person just after 8 p.m. When officers attempted to speak with a suspect, identified as Lawrence Lee Lovato, 46, he got into his pickup truck and tried to elude police. Officials said after officers stopped the vehicle, Lovato brandished a handgun. Three Trinidad officers and one Las Animas County Sheriff's deputy fired multiple shots and killed Lovato. They were placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, per policies of the agencies. Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents are investigating.

May 18ColoradoSprings Police shot and killed a man after responding to a domesticdisturbance in northern Colorado Springs. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the man barricaded himself inside a residence and shot atofficers. The Tactical Enforcement Unit was activated and responded to thescene.​ Multiple shots were fired, but it is unclear when the shots werefired and by how many officers. The man died at the scene and no officers were injured. The male suspect's name has not been released. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office took over the investigation.

April

April 29 — Loveland police shot a man suspected of robbing a Subway sandwich shop. Authorities said they received several calls about an armed robbery at the shop and a description of the suspect. A man matching the description, later identified as Gavin David Gamez, 19, of Loveland, was spotted by police about three blocks away from the Subway. One officer fired at the Gamez, who was taken to the Medical Center of the Rockies for treatment. Gamez was released from the hospital on April 30. He was then arrested and booked into jail, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office. No police officers were injured. The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave according to department policy.

April 29 — A Lakewood police officer shot a man who was allegedly wielding a knife and threatening people. When officers contacted the suspect, he didn't respond to police orders and ran away. Officers tazed the man and then shot him. He was taken to a local hospital. Lakewood police spokesman John Romero said it is unknown if mental health, alcohol or drugs were a factor in the incident.

April 27Pueblopolice shot and killed Daniel Gurule, 31, of Pueblo after he pointed a gun at officers, according to a news release. The shooting occurred at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday after a standoff at a house. Police said Gurule fled to the house after a traffic stop Friday night. According to police, he had a handgun and refused to leave the house after hours of negotiation. After officers detonated a device similar to a stun grenade, Gurule ran from the house and pointed the handgun at officers. Eight officers opened fire. Gurule died at the scene.

April 26 — A Westminster police officer shot and killed a man after responding to reports that someone was acting erratically and throwing rocks outside an apartment complex. The officer said when he arrived, the suspect immediately attacked him and tried to grab his gun. The suspect, who was only identified as male, was shot and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

April 24Colorado Springs police shot and killed a 29-year-old Jonathan Patzel after responding to a domestic disturbance at an apartment building on the Hancock Expressway. Upon arrival, officers observed smoke coming from the suspect's apartment. According to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, when officers contacted the suspect, he brandished a weapon and began moving towards the officers and shots were fired. The fire in the apartment was related to the disturbance call and was human-caused. Patzel was transported to the hospital where he later died. The officers, later identified as Colton Graham and Thomas Walling, were placed on routine administrative leave.

April 10 — Denver police exchanged gunfire with a carjacker during a chase early Wednesday morning innortheast Denver. The suspect shot himself after a crash as the police officers were about to arrest him. Two other suspected carjackers were also arrested. The Denver policedepartment said all three suspects were young males, who fled a stolen SUV when it crashed. Officers tracked down the three suspects and one of thealleged carjackers turned opened fire, shooting his gun at police — whoreturned fire — before turning the gun on himself, said a police spokesman.

April 9Pueblo police officers shot and killed 28-year-old Michael Wray Hensley of Pueblo. Officers Jonathan Bell and Julee Burns encountered the man around 11:30 p.m. during a routine patrol and pursued him when he ran. They said Hensley fired a handgun at the officers during the chase,hitting Officer Bell. The gunshot wounds caused extensive damage to Bell’s legs. Both officers returned fire and fatally injured Hensley, who died at the scene. Bell underwent surgery at a hospital in Colorado Springs and was still hospitalized as of April 17. Both officers were placed onadministrative leave.

March

March 23 — A man who was shot four times by Mesa County sheriff's deputies on Saturday died by suicide, according to the coroner's office. Keith Boggs, 36, of Grand Junction, died of a self-inflicted shotgun blast to the head, according to a news release from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office. According to authorities, the sheriff's deputies fired multiple times during a confrontation with Boggs, who was holding a shotgun outside the residence when they arrived. Authorities said Boggs fled back into the residence, where he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The coroner described the otherfour gunshot wounds as nonfatal.

March 11 — A man shot by Lakewood police diedafter a chase. According to police, officers shot the man, identifiedas 51-year-old Anthony Montoya, after responding to reports of shots at ahome near the Sanderson Creek area. Police said Montoya led them on ashort chase, during which he was shot. He crashed a car into several homes and was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

March 4 — An Aurora police officer shot and killed a man wielding a machete at an apartment building. A spokesperson said officers responded to reports of a possible hostage situation just before 9 a.m. near the intersection of Dallas Street and 22nd Avenue. An officer shot the suspect, identified by the Adam's County Coroner's Office as Shamikle Jackson, 22, who was transported to a hospital where he later died. No officers were injured. The Adams County District Attorney said in June that the officer who shot Jackson was justified in the shooting.

February

Feb. 28 — A Lone Tree officer shot and killed a male shoplifting suspect at Park Meadows Mall. Officers chased a man after responding to the Macy's store there on reports of a shoplifting. Police say the man pulled a gun and that officers fired, killing him. Douglas County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Kenneth Joseph Sisneros, 34, of Westminster. Neither the officers nor the man have been identified. A female suspect, identified as Mercedes Cruz, 27, was later arrested by Lone Tree police.

Feb. 25 — Multiple officers shot and killed David Litton, 40, in the hallway of an apartment building at 12th and Galapago in Denver. Officers responded to a report of a man threatening another with a gun around 10 p.m. Police say an hour after they responded Litton approached police with what looked like a black handgun. He was then shot. Litton was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead; no officers were wounded. Denver's District Attorney announced July 2 that no charges would be filed. The DA said the officers were legally justified. The Denver officers were identified as Dan Felkins, Brian Holm and Adam Van Volkinburg.

Feb. 12 — Two Denver police officers shot a man they said was involved in a domesticdispute in Montbello. Police said Juan Sanchez Jimenez, 26, wasthreatening a woman with a gun when they arrived after receiving a 911call. Police then shot the man several times. Sanchez Jimenez washospitalized with several wounds but was expected to live. One of the officers was also hospitalized with a hearing-related injury from the sound of the gunshots. The officers involved were not immediately identified.

Feb. 6 — Early in the morning of Feb. 6, an officer with the LaSalle Police Department responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle and was involved in a shooting. The shooting resulted in the death of Seth Keo Mallard, 20. The officer involved in the shooting was uninjured and has not been identified. A subsequent investigation determined the officer was justified in discharging his weapon, according to Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke.

Feb. 1 — A Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed a male suspect and wounded a female driver. The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner identified the man as 45-year-old Robert Martinez and the woman as 35-year-old Sandra Pacheco. A federal task force that included U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement was attempting to contact Martinez who was a passenger in a vehicle. He was wanted on a federal warrant for a probation violation. Police say he failed to comply with orders to surrender. No law enforcement agents were hurt. Denver police officers responded to the incident afterward and will lead the investigation.

January

Jan. 27 — Two Denver Police officers, Richard Jaramillo and Steve Gameroz, were shot and a SWAT officer was injured while responding to a call of shots fired at a house near downtown Denver. The officers were reported to be in fair condition, and other officers used a chemical agent before taking a suspect into custody who had barricaded himself, police said. Firefighters later battled a fire at the house. The suspect, Joseph Quintana, 35, shot and killed himself, the Denver coroner's office ruled.

Jan. 23 — A Colorado Springs officer shot and injured an armed man, whom police identified as Thomas McGeorge, 32, after responding to reports of shots fired. McGeorge was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. After he was released from the hospital, he was arrested on suspicion of two counts of felony menacing, third-degree assault, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Officials identified Max Nevarez and Mathew Waldera as the officers involved in the incident. They have not specified which officer fired the shot that injured McGeorge.

Jan. 16 — A LaSalle police officer shot off-duty Adams County sheriff's deputy, Jesse Jenson, 41, in Evans after a police chase. He later died. A Weld County grand jury decidedMay 6 not file charges against the LaSalle officer, identifiedas Caroline Persichetti. The grand jury's report did not say why Jenson was chasing another car in rural northern Colorado at more than 90 miles per hour. It said Persichetti shot Jenson when he exited his car at an intersection and came toward her, ignoring commands to stop. Persichetti told grand jurors she could not see Jenson's left hand and believed he had a gun. Investigators later found he was unarmed. Grand jurors said in the report that they did not find probable cause of a crime.

Jan. 16 — Shawn Joseph Billinger, 46, died after he was fatally shot by a Fort Lupton police officer responding to a disturbance call. In early March 2019, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke referred the case to a grand jury for investigation. The officer, identified as Zachary Helbig, was charged with one count of manslaughterin April 2019.

Jan. 16 — Englewood Police shot 26-year-old Chayley Nicole Tolin in a parking garage near Swedish Medical Center. Police said Tolin tried to run over officers with her car. She was later charged in Arapahoe County District Court with 12 felonies, including two counts of first-degree attempted murder.

Jan. 15 — Aurora Police fatally shot a man, Esmond Drauvon Trimble, 42, at ahome in Aurora. Another man, Dean Heerdt, 58, was shot and killed at the home, though it is unclear who killed the him. Police were responding to a report of a man acting erratically, and they exchanged gunfire with a man, later identified as Trimble, wearing body armor, police said.

Jan. 14 — A Frisco police officer shot and injured Derek Baker, 33, of Loveland, after responding to a report of a disturbance at Whole Foods. Police said Baker was acting erratically and "threatened the officer’s personal safety with the vehicle he was driving." Baker's sister, Brittany Baker, said her brother had battled mental illness for years.

Jan. 13 — A Pueblo County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man, Amiliano Apodaca, 18, and shot a woman, Alicia Antonia Martinez, 20, in Pueblo West after chasing a car from Fremont County. Police said the car the pair was in had earlier struck a vehicle driven by a Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputy. Shots were fired when Martinez drove the vehicle toward officers. Martinez was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. She waslater arrested on a warrant for second-degree assault on a peaceofficer, four counts of vehicular eluding and a restraining order violation. She was booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

Jan. 12ColoradoSprings Police fatally shot a man, Bill Akes, 48, during astruggle after contacting Akes as he sat in a suspected stolen vehicle in an apartment complex. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Akes was armed with a hatchet. Police identified Brock Lofgren as the officer involved in the incident.

Jan. 12 — A suspect shot by Fort Collins police died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A police officer, Keith Hunter, shot suspect Joshua Moore, 36, in the lower extremities, but the coroner determined Moore died after shooting himself. The Larimer County District Attorney's Office found no wrongdoing by Hunter.

Jan. 10 — An off-duty Westminster police officer shot and wounded a man in the parking lot of the Orchard Town Center after a disturbance between the man and a woman. Police said the man struck an officer with his vehicle and another off-duty police officer shot the man, whose name has not been released. The female subject was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries from the initial disturbance.

Jan. 9 — A Pueblo police officer shot and wounded Coda Hutton-Hayes, 18, after attempting to stop a suspected stolen Subaru. Another suspect fled the scene in a black Volkswagen. Police say the suspected stolen Subaru struck a police officer before another officer fired into the car, wounding Hutton-Hayes. After he was released from the hospital, he was booked into the Pueblo County Detention Center onvarious charges, including motor vehicle theft. The driver of theVolkswagen, who was identified as 21-year-old Simon Eugene “Elijah” Gurule,Jr., was arrested Jan. 10 after a five-hour standoff.