2021 Colorado Police Shootings

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A Denver police officer stands at a roadblock on a street near the scene of a shooting in downtown Denver Monday, July 1, 2019. Police in Denver say a man who fired at least a couple of shots along a busy street during the morning commute is dead after being shot by police.

This list compiles all shootings that involve Colorado police departments that have occurred since Jan. 1, 2021. For the purposes of this list, a shooting is defined as an incident where a police officer and/or suspect discharges a firearm.

There have been six police shootings so far in 2021. Three people have died in those shootings.


Updated Feb. 3, 2021 @ 7:15 a.m.

Previous years: 2020 | 2019

January

Jan. 30 —A man wanted in multiple counties was taken into custody after a short chase and struggle in Arvada in which one Westminster Police officer fired a weapon. The officer fired one shot during the arrest of 32-year-old Gene Aldon Veyhle but did not hit anything, according to the department.

Jan. 29 — Pueblo officers responding to a report of a menacing male suspect with a handgun shot and wounded 40-year-old James Justice after he evaded and traded gunfire with police. According to the Pueblo Police, the responding officer initially located the man on the 4300 block of N. Elizabeth Street. When approached he shot at the officer, who returned fire but did not hit the man. The suspect then fled to a nearby mobile home park. During a half-hour-long search of the park, the man continued to evade and trade gunfire with police. Justice was eventually shot in the thigh by an officer, arrested and taken for medical attention with non-life-threatening injuries. No officers were hurt.

Jan. 26 — An Adams County Sheriff deputy shot and killed a woman after a car chase. According to the sheriff's department, deputies located a reported stolen vehicle traveling westbound on I-76 near 88th Ave. leading to a chase. The vehicle evaded officers and was later found near 25th Ave. and Imboden Rd. In the search of the area, two women were located. Deputies were alerted to a gun and one woman was fatally shot. An investigation is underway.

Jan. 19 — A man is dead after a police shooting in Evans. According to the Greeley Police Department, officers saw a man with active felony warrants leave a house and get into a car. Greeley officers attempted to pull him over. The man refused to pull over and lead police on a brief chase, the department said. The man crashed the vehicle and fled the scene to a nearby gas station in Evans where he attempted a carjacking armed with a handgun. Officials said police gave commands to surrender, but the man refused to comply and a shooting occurred. The man was declared dead on the scene. Police said he was also involved in another carjacking earlier in the day. No officers were injured. The man's name has not yet been released.

Jan. 12 — Lakewood police officers shot and killed a man north of West Colfax after he allegedly pointed a handgun at them. The Lakewood Police Department said officers responded to Prestige Imports at West Colfax Ave. and Garrison St. on a report that a man was trespassing. They also received a report of a robbery at a grocery store across the street, though the department said they now believe no robbery occurred. While investigating, they saw the suspect and chased him into a nearby neighborhood. According to police, the man, later identified as 32-year-old Ty Spencer Walvatne-Donahey, pointed a handgun and shot at officers at least twice and several officers returned fire. Walvatne-Donahey died on the scene.

Jan. 1 — Two Pueblo County deputies were shot in a shooting in Pueblo West. Police said deputies responded to a home and someone fired multiple shots from the house. Police were in a standoff for about an hour before the suspect was taken into custody. The two injured deputies were later released from the hospital after being treated for bullet wounds. The suspect, identified as 48-year-old Eddie Lovins, is in county jail facing several felony charges.

Editor's Note: CPR News follows Associated Press guidance established in the fall of 2020 on avoiding the vague term "officer-involved shooting." While this language has been used in the past, it is now our intention to be specific on what is known, what is not known — and why — when these events occur.