DENVER (CBS4) – The teenager shot by police Monday night is in critical but stable condition.
The officers involved in the shooting at 39th and Wolff are on paid leave.
Police Chief Robert White says officers went to the home on a stabbing call and found a teen in the front yard holding two butcher knives. He said officers repeatedly ordered the 17-year-old to put the knives down. When he wouldn’t put them down, they felt threatened and shot him.
Officers never found a stabbing victim. According to neighbors the teen’s mother, who doesn’t live at the home, came for a visit and got into an argument with the teen. Things got out of hand and he started physically fighting with his mother and grabbed the two butcher knives. That’s when a family member called 911.
Neighbors told CBS4 the boy has mental health concerns.