Man Killed By Police When He Answers Door With Gun

By: Eric Lupher Email
By: Eric Lupher Email

Pueblo police say a man has died in a shooting involving a Pueblo police officer. The Pueblo County Coroner says the man who died is 27-year-old Robert Elmore.

The coroner says Elmore died at from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Officers were called to the 2300 block of Long Horn Drive on a loud disturbance around 11:30 Thursday night. That's when the shooting happened.

Police say the man answered the door with a gun and pointed it at him, before the officer shot him twice in the chest.

Right now, a CIT or Critical Incident Team is investigating the case. That team will try to determine if the officer was justified when pulling the trigger.

"If there's an imminent threat, the officer is allowed to use equal or greater force to defend himself," says the Pueblo Police Department.

A Critical Incident Team is made up of investigators from multiple law enforcement agencies. This kind of team is called together whenever there's an incident where police are involved.


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  • by Myself Location: USA on Mar 7, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    It always surprises me that when a dangerous person is put down by the police (lethal or by taser) the family always spews on about how wonderful that person is/was. Why then did Mr. Wonderful's family call 911 to begin with? Next time handle it yourself and see how that turns out for you. I will take my chances with the cops rather than Mr. Wonderful anytime!
  • by mom in law Location: pueblo on Mar 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    I would like to invite Mr Lupher to come and talk to the family The police had their say now what about us
  • by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    I think the cop knew him personally, why would anyone answer the door without peeking to see who it is first, and if he was gonna take those crooked Pueblo cops out he wouldve shot through a window or as soon as he opened the door, that cop wouln't have had time to pull his gun and shoot twice. Wake up people, PPD is one of the dirtiest!!
  • by george on Feb 27, 2011 at 06:49 AM
    What ever happened no one said he pointed the gun at the cops but of coarse that is what they will say .Why do the cops become judge ,jury ,and execusioner when the man was in his own house .Sounds like nazi germeny to me just bust in and blow him away.
  • by Right on Feb 26, 2011 at 09:47 PM
    @ 11 year old godson, I am really angry that this trigger happy thug in uniform killed you godfather. He will have to endure al he has done but it may not be in this life. have faith your friend is still alive in another world and that these killers will not enjoy that life. So sorry this ever happens. My daughter was murdered 5 years ago so I know that pain as you do. Peace.
  • by im 11 years old and im his godchild Location: pueblo on Feb 26, 2011 at 08:42 PM
    this is my godfather and this was not right to happen to him me knowing him he would never shoot right away....and the cop needs to identify himself and would if he was just protecting his house they stupid policemen should have said its tha pueblo police and when he saw that he had a gun.. he could of at least sais "drop your weapon sir we nedd to ask you a few questions" or simething like that... no they are making him seem so evil wich he is not.know we lost a goodman who was just transfering into a man and he was so confused..bow we have nothing else in our hearts and member the cop needs to thing about how we fell and he is sitting at home getting payed not right.
  • by it's coming on Feb 26, 2011 at 07:46 PM
    So, Right knows what an industry our prison system is, just like war is a business. Another judge taking money for putting the innocent in jail and Chertoff making money off of body scanners.
  • by Right on Feb 26, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    I used to work for the Dept. of corrections in IL and similar things would happen there. Guards would beat inmates and lie just for fun sometimes and then in the "court" which was all internal and run by the prison staff, they would nearly always find the inmate guilty of some B.S. infraction. That is where I saw how corrupt the whole system was and that was 27 years ago. I could tell you about what the I.B. I wanted me to do but that is just plain evil. I won't go there. I hate corruption of any kind but that is the name of the game in our day.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    @Right How many times have we heard "the officer acted withing dept policy?" as if just because it is policy and sounds official everything is OK. Just for fun search the video of the bicyclist who had his teeth broken by Denver cops. Of course the other cops covered for him. Talk about unjustified.
  • by Right on Feb 26, 2011 at 01:12 PM
    @anonymous, it is indeed happening here and now. I am so sorry that in just a relatively few years we have been taken over by the neo-nazi type people that are so bloodthirsty that we have almost no way out since so many people believe these thugs are working for their good. Will they impose the draft next? Why should they when so many are willing to bully and kill others for fun and profit. That's how I see it anyway.
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