One Dead After Officer-Involved Shooting In Pueblo

Edward Valdez
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The coroner has formally identified the man shot and killed by a Pueblo police officer Wednesday.

21-year-old Edward Valdez died after police say he fired at a Pueblo officer and hit him twice. The officer returned fire and killed the man. The suspect's weapon was a BB gun.

One of the BBs lodged in the officer's head. That BB had to be removed at the hospital.

This all started just before 7 a.m. Wednesday in Pueblo.

Police say Valdez was on a bicycle and allegedly shooting out car windows in a neighborhood near Hollywood drive and Canterbury lane.

An officer found the suspect behind Tony and Joes Pizzeria, that’s near the Walmart on Pueblo Blvd.

Valdez then allegedly opened fire, prompting the officer to return fire.

Valdez died at the scene.

Pueblo police say they found eight shell casings at the scene, but are unsure on how many times the suspect was shot. The coroner says Valez died of multiple gunshot wounds.

“Colorado Law authorizes law enforcement officers to use lethal force when confronted with imminent death or someone else is confronted with imminent death," said Pueblo Police Chief Luis Velez. "A weapon was leveled at the officer and the officer was shot.”

A critical incident team made up of authorities from the Pueblo Police Department, the Pueblo County Sheriff, the Colorado State Patrol and the District Attorney’s office are now investigating the incident.