Officer-Involved Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An initial review of a weekend shooting that left a 60-year-old Salida man dead reportedly shows police officers acted "well within their authority."

But Chaffee County Sheriff Tim Walker says that doesn't mean the community isn't mourning the man's death.

Kenneth Clark died at his home early Sunday, following a confrontation with two police officers. Clark's wife, Nancy, had called 9-1-1 after her husband started acting strangely -- due to a blood-sugar imbalance from diabetes.

Authorities say Kenneth Clark was belligerent, aggressive and waving a handgun when they arrived -- and that he refused to obey orders.

After several minutes of talking, Clark reportedly pointed the gun at police -- who fired, killing him.

Clark is being remembered as a "pillar of the community."

Walker calls Clark a friend -- who'd grown up in Salida, had a successful career in the area with the Department of Corrections, and earned the respect of everyone who knew him.

Walker says law enforcement colleagues and area residents are in shock over Clark's death. Police and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are looking into the case.

As is routine, officers Shane Garcia and Marc Morris have been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the probe.


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