AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Aurora are investigating after an officer-involved shooting left a man dead on Tuesday afternoon.
The shooting happened after officers were allegedly attacked by a man with knives in a home located in the 1600 block of Buckley Way near Mexico, a few blocks south of Mississippi.
“Family members called (the Aurora Fire Department) because of concerns of the behavior of a 55-year-old male in the house,” Sgt. Cassidee Carlson said in a statement. “Paramedics arrived on scene and encountered a male who was naked at the top of the stairs.”
Carlson said the paramedics began to talk to the man, who then became agitated.
“He then retreated to a room and emerged with what witnesses described as a machete,” Carlson said.
The man once again retreated to a room and Aurora police were called. When they arrived they encountered the man at the top of the stairs armed with two large knives.
“Two of the officers were struck. One officer fired at least one round, striking the male subject, causing him to go down,” Carlson said.
The paramedics who were on scene immediately tended to the man and he was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity hasn’t been released.
The officers sustained only minor injuries from the attack.
The officer who shot the man has been put on paid leave pending an internal review.