Officer-involved shooting under investigation outside a Pueblo West school

WATCH: Update on shooting outside of Pueblo West middle school in Colorado
Published: Feb. 22, 2022 at 4:17 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 22, 2022 at 7:43 PM MST
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PUEBLO WEST, Colo. (KKTV) - An officer-involved shooting was under investigation in Pueblo West Tuesday afternoon near an elementary school and a middle school.

According to authorities, an individual was outside of Liberty Point International Middle School just before 3:30 p.m. Multiple people had contacted authorities to say the person was acting strangely and was banging on the windows of cars. One witness reported the suspect appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. School staff tried making contact with the suspect, who went into a nearby car. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene about three minutes after they were called.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Chief David Lucero with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office explained a fight occurred between the suspect and law enforcement. One deputy was reportedly headbutted and may have suffered a broken nose. At one point, Chief Lucero said the suspect tried to disarm a deputy and shots were fired. The suspect died at the scene and has not been publicly identified.

The superintendent for D-70 thanked community members for calling authorities and the sheriff’s office for responding so quickly.

Liberty Point Elementary is off Hahns Peak Avenue in Pueblo West. The middle school is off S. Maher Drive.

Good evening - Today after dismissal, an incident occurred in our parking lot that required a response from the Pueblo...

Posted by Liberty Point International School on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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