Investigators Gathering Evidence After Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Pueblo Police officers say they were forced to open fire on a male who was holding a female at knifepoint.

Officers say two officers were sent to a reported domestic disturbance in the area of 8th Street and Monument Street at about 3:14 a.m. When they arrived, they found a 20-year-old male holding the 19-year-old female at knife point.

They say a scuffle ensued and the officers opened fire, hitting the male at least once.

Valeta McCormick, who lives in the area, said it was shocking to wake up to the sound of gunshots. "I heard gunshots, about four or five of them," she said. "There was, at the time, about six or seven cop cars out there and they were putting what looked like a woman in one vehicle and there was somebody down."

Medical personnel from the Fire Department responded and took him to Parkview Hospital, where he was later declared dead.

The 10th Judicial District Critical incident team has been activated and is investigating. As of 12:00, the team was still gathering evidence and say they'll be on the scene as long as that work takes.

They're scheduled to meet with the Police Chief around 3:00 p.m., and an update is expected afterward.

The names of the people involved are not being released at this time.

Police have blocked the intersection in all directions at 8th and Monument.

McCormick says this isn't the first time she's seen gun crimes in the neighborhood. "We've had that place broken into across the street and then we have been here when Safeway was broken into and a suspect was hiding in the neighbors back yard. They found the gun behind there. So it's just a little bit weird, but not unexpected," she said.

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  • by Here Location: Pueblo on Dec 29, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    @ el jr - Holding a knife to another person's throat IS A MISTAKE. No mystery there. The mystery might just be why he was holding his GIRLFRIEND at knife-point when he was such a good, gentle family man with a WIFE AND CHILD AT HOME. Whatever. These desgraciados make the rest of us look bad. Just another black eye for the gente.
  • by el jr Location: roswell on Dec 27, 2011 at 07:28 PM
    i just heard and this man was my cousin and i am SURE that what he did was a MISTAKE he was surely not trying to hurt anyone. No one can judge him unless they knew him. I have had arguments before without realizing what i was holding in my hands at the time. Im sure he didnt realize it either. it wasnt a gun so i see no reason why the cops felt they were in danger, i think sometimes bieng a cop goes to their heads and they think they can play god and take someones life.
  • by Native Location: Pueblo on Dec 24, 2011 at 09:16 PM
    Law enforcement - the most thankless job in Pueblo CO.
  • by Proud Cops Wife Location: Colorado on Dec 23, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    As a cop's wife you have no idea unless you have been there. We send our spouses out to protect the community we live in. We help them strap on a bullet proof vest and watch them secure their weapon, because they love what they do. The spouses hope and pray every shift that they return. Yes we made that choice marrying a cop- and yes they make that choice protecting EVERYONE, but I'm not sure how some of you guys think. It's ok for a person to hold someone at knife point, and act a fool, answer a door with a gun and go on your marry little way? NO I'm sorry- when our cop husbands or wife walks out the door we WANT them to come home after each shift, and sometimes they have to make tough decisions. Your tired of your friends and family getting shot, or in an altercation with the cops- open your eyes and teach them NOT to do the things that involve the cops. You don't want to get shot- don't take someone at knife point- don't open doors with guns. So I'm sorry if your looking into this picture and you want to bash the cops and say "you would have done it this way or that" then maybe you should educate yourself, get certified and become a cop- and I hope once you do that- that second guess didn't just cost you your life. And I'm sorry- I don't know any gentle kind caring people that run around and take people at knife point.
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      by Fed up on Dec 23, 2011 at 08:38 AM in reply to Proud Cops Wife
      @ proud cops wife. You are 100% right and I could not have said it any better. Thank your husband for his service to the community I am truly grateful for people like him who protect people like me.
  • by Annonymous on Dec 22, 2011 at 10:37 PM
    Before anyone starts bashing him, maybe you should have known him. That man was gentle, kinda, and caring. Did he make a messed up mistake... O YEA!! Was he right??.. NO!!!! But he is gone, forever. No good-byes, no I love yous.... nothing! Have some respect, he may have messed up but he was still a loved one.
  • by @KKTV on Dec 22, 2011 at 08:20 PM
    The last paragraph of the article makes it sound like this was a "gun crime". Poorly written and shameful.
  • by Hemaphrodite on Dec 22, 2011 at 07:49 PM
    I want officer ringworm to fondle the ringworms out of me.
  • by Hmmm on Dec 22, 2011 at 06:19 PM
    Want to know why GOOD police and Deputies don't stay on the job? The pay stinks for what they do and the risks they take. So we get what we pay for most of the time.
  • by anon Location: anon on Dec 22, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    as a family member, you need to re-read this story, there was no gun in his hand you morons. Second, thug or not how would you feel to find out that a family member of yours was shot and killed at his doing or not and some random people blasted them for being stupid? I agree the thugs are out of control in this town but serisouly they have family members as well so shut your mouths and have a little respect you self rightous turds.
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      by Jeff on Dec 22, 2011 at 05:46 PM in reply to anon
      They are referring to an incident that happened a few months ago where a guy answered the door with a gun and pointed it at police and the police shot him.
  • by Paul Location: Pueblo on Dec 22, 2011 at 04:51 PM
    One less Pueblo gangster to steal something from your car!!
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