Pueblo officers justified in shooting suspect more than 30 times in a chase

Joe Delira-Alires

PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE 10/12/18: (AP) -
Officials ruled that officers were justified in the fatal shooting of a Pueblo man who led police on a cross-city chase.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports the 10th Judicial District Attorney's Office says Joe Delira-Alires was shot more than 30 times Jan. 22 after he fired numerous rounds at pursuing officers.

Delira-Alires was killed after police originally had been called by a woman described as an "ex" who said Delira-Alires had made threats to her and other occupants of her home before shooting his firearm multiple times outside of her residence.

District Attorney Jeff Chostner says the officers were justified in order to "defend themselves and each other from what they reasonably believed to be the imminent use of unlawful physical and deadly force" by Delira-Alires and "reasonably believed that a lesser degree of force would be inadequate."
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ORIGINAL STORY 2/2/18: (AP) -
A man threatening his ex-partner and her children was shot and killed after leading police on a 3-mile chase Monday night.

Pueblo police released additional details on the deadly shooting in a news release Tuesday and the coroner identified the man killed as 35-year-old Joe Delira-Alires. Delira-Alires was on parole at the time of the shooting.

According to police, a woman called authorities just after 6 p.m. and said her former partner was loitering outside her home firing shots in the air. She and her children had barricaded themselves inside their home.

When police got to the scene on the 2600 block of East 9th Street, they heard several rapid-fire shots going off in quick succession. The suspect then hopped in his SUV and sped away. He led pursuing officers across the city's east side and onto the opposite side of the interstate to the area of Craig Street and West 13th Street, where an officer used a PIT maneuver to forcibly stop the suspect's vehicle.

Police say the suspect wasn't deterred and tried to make a run for it, gun in hand. As he ran from officers, he reportedly fired several rounds at them. Police say the chase went on for nearly a block before several officers shot and mortally wounded the suspect. The suspect, Delira-Alires, was given medical treatment but died at the scene.

No officers were hurt.

As is standard following an officer-involved shooting, the officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.

On Friday, the names of the officers involved were released.

Michael Bellamy, Thomas DeCesaro, Bernadette Lambert, Nicholas Lile, Jonathan McCluskey, Eufracio “J.J.” Ortiz, Alan Wilson and Sergeant Randall Ramos were all involved that night according to police. Capt. Kenny Rider, a spokesperson for the Pueblo Police Department, was not able to clarify if all of the above named officers fired their weapons in the incident.

Officer Bellamy has been an officer with the Pueblo Police Department for two years, Officer DeCesaro has been an officer with the Pueblo Police Department for nine years, Officer Lambert has been an officer with the Pueblo Police Department for nine years, Officer Lile has been an officer with the Pueblo Police Department for one year, Officer McCluskey has been an officer with the Pueblo Police Department for nine years, Officer Ortiz has been an officer with the Pueblo Police Department for 11 months, Officer Wilson has been an officer with the Pueblo Police Department for one year and Sergeant Ramos has been an officer with the Pueblo Police Department for 16 years. All officers are currently assigned to the Patrol Division.

The Tenth Judicial District Critical Incident Team (CIT), consisting of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado State Patrol, Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, Pueblo Police Department and the Tenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, was activated and is currently investigating the incident. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency.