CONIFER, Colo. (CBS4) – A man has died after being taken into custody by Jefferson County deputies Sunday morning.

Mark Techmeyer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to call about a 55 year-old man who was under the influence of drugs and making suicidal statements on Sunset Trail in Conifer just before 7 a.m.

“The reporting party was the man’s brother, who stated the man was wandering around the property and carrying a gun. When the deputies contacted the man they were able to determine the gun he was carrying was a BB gun,” Techmeyer said in a statement. “The man refused deputies’ instructions to drop the BB gun, and deputies deployed a Taser.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Deputies were able to place the man into custody and began escorting him to a patrol car.

“Deputies determined he was having difficulty breathing. Medical personnel immediately began assessing the man, who subsequently stopped breathing. Life-saving measures were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased on scene,” Techmeyer said

The man’s name hasn’t been released. The cause of death will be determined by the coroner.


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