The names of the law enforcement involved in a deadly shooting in Pueblo last week have been released.
Officer Michael Sincerbox with the Pueblo Police Department and Detective Michael Hecht with the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office reportedly shot and killed an assault suspect during a violent altercation with him. Investigators say that when cornered by police and deputies, 26-year-old Jon Jaquez hit two officers with his car, then reversed and rammed into a police cruiser. Sincerbox and Hecht fired at Jaquez.
PREVIOUS, 11/26: The man shot and killed by officers was the person of interest in a brutal assault one day earlier, investigators confirmed to 11 News.
Authorities had previously said that the hunt for that person of interest led to the fatal encounter at the Pueblo Loaf 'n Jug Tuesday evening, but did not confirm until Wednesday that the man killed in the officer-involved shooting was the same person police and deputies were looking for.
The identities of the officers involved in the shooting will be withheld until they are interviewed by investigators next week.
The Pueblo Police Department says officers and Pueblo County deputies had been sent to the area of Troy and 4th Street Tuesday to search for 26-year-old Jon Jaquez of Pueblo. Jaquez was wanted for questioning in connection to an assault Monday, which left a man in critical condition. The victim of the assault has been identified as 23-year-old Gilbert Sprague, and at last update remained on life support at a Pueblo hospital.
Around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, police and sheriff's deputies found Jaquez at the Loaf 'n Jug at the corner of 4th and Troy. They say he was behind the wheel of a Honda that had been stolen earlier that day.
Officers say they surrounded the car and ordered Jaquez to get out, but instead he allegedly accelerated, hitting two officers. Then authorities say he put his vehicle in reverse and slammed into a police car. Officers fired, hitting Jaquez.
A witness told 11 News she heard yelling, followed by several gunshots.
"I was here [across the street from convenience store] working...heard tires screeching so I came up to the front, behind the counter, and we just heard somebody screaming. ... I'm not sure who it was screaming, 'Get your hands up,' or, 'Get out of the car,' or something like that. All of a sudden, we started hearing gunshots and you could see the light from the gun," Arinada Ravera recalled.
Ravera said there were children around as everything unfolded.
"We had customers coming in and they had children, so we were telling everyone to get down and we got down as well."
Ravera told 11 News she heard between seven and 10 gunshots. At this time, investigators have not said how many shots were fired, and it's not clear how many actually struck Jaquez.
Jaquez died at the scene.
The officers who fired weapons have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice. The incident is currently under investigation by the 10th Judicial District Critical Incident Team and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
This is the third officer-involved shooting for the Pueblo Police Department this year.