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.