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 19 officer-involved shootings in Colorado in 2019. Eleven people have been killed in those shootings.
March 11 — A man shot by Lakewood police died after a chase. Police say they shot the man, Anthony Montoya, 51, after responding to reports of shots at a home near the Sanderson Creek area. Police say Montoya led them on a small chase, during which he was shot, crashed a car into several homes and was later pronounced dead after being transported to the 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 La Salle police officer shot an off-duty Adams County sheriff's deputy, Jesse Jenson, 41, in Evans after a police chase. He later died.
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.
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.