Deadly shooting involving police in Pueblo under investigation on Wednesday

Deadly shooting involving police in Pueblo 6/29/22.
Deadly shooting involving police in Pueblo 6/29/22.(KKTV)
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 4:02 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 7:16 PM MDT
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A shooting involving police was under investigation on Wednesday in Pueblo.

There was a large law enforcement presence in an area close to 40th Street and Dillon Drive on the north side of the city. According to Sgt. Frank Ortega with the Pueblo Police Department, his agency received a 911 call at about 3 p.m. stating a female had been shot. When officers arrived at the scene, the victim was able to provide a suspect description.

As police were searching the area, they spotted someone matching the suspect’s description walking near Fountain Creek. Sgt. Ortega says when police tried to make contact with the suspect, he fired at least one shot and officers returned fire. The suspect was killed and two officers were hurt. The female victim police originally received the call on was last listed in “critical” condition.

The male suspect has not been publicly identified and it isn’t clear what relationship he may have with the victim.

This marks the second officer-involved shooting involving Pueblo Police this week. Click here for more about a chase on I-25 on Tuesday.

“It’s concerning for me,” Sgt. Ortega said when reporters brought up this was the second officer-involved shooting in two days. “I’m worried about my coworkers.”

Later in the day, police shared some additional details on what led up to the shootout as they were searching for the suspect.

“Officers approached the armed suspect in their patrol car, and he immediately fired rounds at the officers,” part of a news release reads. “One round shattered the passenger side window which caused injury to one of the officers. Two officers immediately returned fire and shot the male suspect who was pronounced deceased on scene.”

Both officers had minor injuries and were place on administrative leave.

The 10th Judicial Critical Incident Team is leading the investigation.

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