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 26 officer-involved shootings in Colorado in 2019. Sixteen people have been killed in those shootings.
May 18 — Colorado Springs Police shot and killed a man after responding to a domestic disturbance in northern Colorado Springs. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the man barricaded himself inside a residence and shot at officers. The Tactical Enforcement Unit was activated and responded to the scene. Multiple shots were fired, but it is unclear when the shots were fired 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 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 27 — Pueblo police 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 24 — Colorado 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 9 — Pueblo 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 on administrative leave.
March 11 — A man shot by Lakewood police died after a chase. According to police, officers shot the man, identified as 51-year-old Anthony Montoya, after responding to reports of shots at a home near the Sanderson Creek area. Police said Montoya led them on a short 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.
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.
Feb. 12 — Two Denver police officers shot a man they said was involved in a domestic dispute in Montbello. Police said Juan Sanchez Jimenez, 26, was threatening a woman with a gun when they arrived after receiving a 911 call. Police then shot the man several times. Sanchez Jimenez was hospitalized 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.
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 decided May 6 not file charges against the LaSalle officer, identified as 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 manslaughter in 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 a home 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 was later arrested on a warrant for second-degree assault on a peace officer, four counts of vehicular eluding and a restraining order violation. She was booked into the Pueblo County Jail.
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. 12 — Colorado Springs Police fatally shot a man, Bill Akes, 48, during a struggle 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. 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 on various charges, including motor vehicle theft. The driver of the Volkswagen, who was identified as 21-year-old Simon Eugene “Elijah” Gurule, Jr., was arrested Jan. 10 after a five-hour standoff.