Officers identified in deadly officer-involved shooting in Pueblo

Published: Mar. 7, 2018 at 2:18 AM MST
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Pueblo police shot and killed a man after they said he fled a home on a bicycle and refused to comply with them, eventually pulling a gun on officers.

The coroner identified the suspect as 55-year-old Steven Peters of Pueblo.

The incident started at about 11 p.m. March 6 on East 9th Street when police say an armed man went to a woman's home and refused to leave. He was reportedly violating a restraining order. Police were called, and the suspect hopped on a bike and headed east after seeing officers pull up.

Police quickly found him just a block away at the intersection with North Iola Avenue. Police say Peters refused to cooperate and was eventually tased -- which officers tell 11 News was ineffective because he was wearing a thick jacket. Peters took off again and the pursuit continued.

"During that foot chase he produced a gun and started running through the homes in the area," said Cpt. Kenny Rider with the Pueblo Police Department.

Officers cornered him in a backyard on East 8th Street. A neighbor told 11 News what he saw happen next.

"[Police] continued to tell him to show his hands repeatedly and they just -- they ended up shooting him."

Peters had reportedly held onto his gun during that final confrontation with police.

Ten days later, police released the names of the officers involved. They have been identified as Thomas DeCesaro, who has been with the department for nine years, and Adam Quintana, who has worked as an officer for three years.

The officers involved were placed on administrative leave while an outside agency investigated the shooting, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting. They have since returned to full duty.