Coroner identifies man killed in officer-involved shooting

PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A man was shot and killed by police after reportedly trying to run down officers with his car on Feb. 5. On Thursday night, the Pueblo County Coroner's office identified the man as Andrew Byrd, 33.

The officers involved have been identified as 10-year veteran Neal Robinson and nine-year veteran Bernadette Lambert. Both officers are on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues, which is normal procedure during this type of incident.

The incident began as an investigation into a vehicle seen near the state fairgrounds late on the night of Feb. 4. The Pueblo Police Department says officers were called to the area of Small Avenue and Acero Avenue on reports of a suspicious vehicle, which ended being stolen. Police dealt with the call and then left the area.

Less than two hours later, just after midnight on Feb. 5, police were called again to the same spot to try to locate a wanted person. Officers reportedly found an occupied vehicle parked on Small and tried to talk to the driver. The Police Department says the suspect responded by first backing his vehicle into a police car, then driving forward and hitting another parked car, then aiming his car at the officers. The officers fired their weapons and fatally wounded the suspect.

The shooting is now being investigated by the 10th Judicial District, which is common procedure in any officer-involved shooting.