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 20 police shootings so far in 2021. Ten people have died in those shootings. Separately, 10 people, including a Boulder police officer, died in a mass shooting in Boulder where police shot and injured the alleged gunman before his arrest.


Updated May 10, 2021 @ 12:44 p.m.

Previous years: 2020 | 2019

May

May 10 — Denver police arrested a suspect in the shooting of an officer this weekend. Pedro Gallegos .{Guy-YAY-gos} faces charges of attempted murder, illegal possession of a weapon and trespassing. DPD said Sunday that officers responded to a call that someone was on a house porch where they did not belong. The shooter reportedly opened fire on the officers and hit one in the leg. The unnamed officer was taken to a hospital in critical condition but is now stable.

May 3 — Canon City police shot two men over the weekend, killing one and wounding the other. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says two Canon City police officers fired at a car occupied by the two men outside a Quality Inn motel. A short statement from the agency only said police fired shots, "at some point during the incident." The 28-year-old driver died, but the 20-year-old passenger is expected to recover. The two officers are on administrative leave as CBI investigates the shooting and the reason behind the initial contact between police and the two men.

April

April 20 — Lakewood police shot and killed a man after responding to reports of shots being fired. Authorities were told a young white man shot another man before both fled the scene on foot, the department said in a statement. The victim was later located at a nearby hospital, where he received treatment for a gunshot wound. Police say the suspected shooter threatened them with a handgun when they found him during a search of the area. A Lakewood police sergeant then shot the man as he pointed his weapon at officers. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, but police have not publicly identified him. The sergeant has been placed on administrative leave.

April 19 — One man was shot and injured after a police chase in Colorado Springs. Colorado State Patrol attempted to stop a vehicle suspected to have been involved in a robbery in Pueblo. The driver fled and CSP and Fountain Police Department officers pursued the vehicle onto northbound I-25. A CSP officer hit the car with a patrol vehicle to disable it. A Fountain officer fired his weapon at least once, hitting the suspect, who was taken to a hospital for treatment.

April 17 — The Weld County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that an officer shot and killed a 60-year-old unidentified white man when responding to a report of a disturbance just northeast of Fort Lupton. Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved and the sheriff's office did not specify what agency the officer worked for. A woman called 911 at around 8:43 a.m. and said that an armed man was preventing her from leaving her house and threatening to kill her. When law enforcement arrived, they found the armed man outside and ordered him to drop his weapon. After several minutes, an officer shot the man who was declared dead on the scene. The incident is being investigated by the 19th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team.

April 9 — A Delta County Sherriff's Deputy shot and killed a 26 -year-old woman named Paige Schmidt after short chase near Hotchkiss. The sheriff's office has not said what led to the chase or what caused the deputy to open fire. The chase began around 11:30 a.m. about 5 miles west of town. Schmidt was the only person in the vehicle and died on the scene. She was identified by the Delta County coroner's office on April 12. The deputy involved has been placed on paid administrative leave and has still not been identified. The 7th Judicial District Critical Incident Team is investigating.

April 9 — A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent shot at a suspect when conducting an operation in Colorado Springs. No injuries were reported. ATF was looking for a wanted suspect when the incident occurred. Colorado Springs Police say the suspect fled the scene, led officers on a high-speed chase and was arrested around 3 p.m. The shooting led to a shelter-in-place order that lasted a couple of hours for a nearby neighborhood. Colorado Springs Police will investigate the shooting.

April 5Colorado Springs Police officers shot and injured two suspects near Delta Drive and Chelton Road while responding to reports of an armed robbery. At 12:20 a.m., CSPD received calls reporting an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven in the 3000 Block of W. Colorado Ave. Multiple suspects were seen leaving the area in a silver Toyota 4-Runner, police said. Officers spotted and attempted to stop the vehicle. A suspect fired at least one shot at officers before a car chase began and suspects shot at officers again. Police stopped the vehicle and at least two CSPD officers each fired at least one shot each at the suspects. Four suspects have been taken into custody. The two injured suspects were taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No officers injured.

April 4 — Authorities say a man has been shot and killed in a confrontation with sheriff's deputies near Interstate 25 south of Denver. The Douglas County Sheriff's office said deputies responded at about 6:15 p.m. Saturday to a report of a man with a gun near an on-ramp for the interstate along Happy Valley Road. The sheriff's office says 23-year-old Samuel Yeager died at the scene but did not specify how. It was unknown if the suspect fired at deputies. No other injuries were reported.

April 3 — Greeley Police officers responded to a home burglary alarm and shot a man who exited the house with a gun. The Weld County Sheriff’s Office says Greeley police responded about 3:30 a.m. Saturday to the alarm on 50th Avenue. When they arrived, the officers heard gunshots coming from inside the house. Minutes later, a man who was holding a gun exited the house. Officers gave commands to the man and then shot him. The man was struck once. Officers provided first aid until paramedics arrived and took the man to a hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening.

April 1 — An investigation is underway after police fatally shot a man during a confrontation in suburban Denver. Lakewood police were called to an apartment early Thursday after someone reported that his neighbor was throwing rocks at his door and then brandished a gun. The suspect barricaded himself in his apartment when police arrived and threatened to kill officers if they tried to enter. Police say the suspect fired at officers with what was believed to be a pistol and brandished what appeared to be a shotgun, prompting a SWAT member to open fire. The man's weapons were later determined to be toy pellet guns.

March

March 26 — A man who died after being shot by sheriff’s deputies responding to a potential domestic assault incident in northern Colorado has been identified as 32-year-old Steven Michael Kielian. The Weld County Coroner’s Office released his name Monday but said a final determination of how he died will be released after an autopsy and laboratory reports. The Weld County Sheriff's Office has said the shooting happened Friday after deputies responded to a home near Galeton and a female victim told officers that she was assaulted by a man still inside. The sheriff's office says Kielian was shot during a chase after firing at the deputies pursuing him.

March 22Ten people died, including a Boulder Police officer, in a mass shooting at the Table Mesa King Soopers in South Boulder. The 21-year-old male suspect from Arvada was shot in the leg by police, sustaining a non-lethal injury. The suspect was captured and faces multiple counts in the shooting. No motive has been established yet.

March 21 — Clear Creek County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a male suspect while responding to a burglary-in-progress, police said. Deputies arrived at 5:37 a.m. to the 1000 block of Morrison Lane, west of Empire off of U.S. 40, and saw two men with two vehicles that seemed to be stuck on the road, according to authorities. Deputies approached the vehicles and the two male suspects pulled out firearms. Officers shot and killed one man and the other fled into the woods. He was later found and taken into custody. The department has not released the names of the suspects or the officers involved in the shooting. No officers were injured.

March 7 — A Mesa County sheriff's deputy shot and seriously injured a man while responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle reportedly speeding and swerving on the I-70 Business Loop. The call also reported that there were people arguing in the vehicle. A short time later, in the 400 Block of Coronado Court, a witness told police that they observed a male suspect pulling a woman into a residence and that she appeared to be in distress. Officers tried to contact the occupants of the residence and then forced their way into the house. They found an injured woman in the house and a juvenile boy, who was removed from the home, according to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office. The boy had a minor cut on his hand. At least one deputy fired a shot and an adult male suspect was injured and taken to the hospital.

January

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.