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Thornton Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

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Police in Thornton responded to an officer-involved shooting on Friday night (credit: CBS)

Police in Thornton responded to an officer-involved shooting on Friday night (credit: CBS)

THORNTON, Colo. (CBS4)- Police in Thornton rushed to investigate an officer-involved shooting on Friday night that left one man dead.

The shooting happened about 7:29 p.m. in the 2600 block of E. 96th Place.

Officers were called to the home on reports that a man at the home was threatening others with a baseball bat.

“When officers arrived they contacted the subject on the front porch. He began to advance on the officers. They observed that he was armed with a knife and a bat, one in each hand. As he approached the officers they gave numerous commands and he continued to approach at the officers at which time one of the officers deployed his stun gun. That was ineffective. That’s was when the second officer fired his weapon,” said Thornton Police Information Officer Matt Barnes.

The man was rushed to the hospital where he died a short time later.

“In these types of situations when you encounter deadly force, in this case being a bat and a knife, you always deploy if you can a less lethal option and then a secondary officer would deploy a lethal option. In this case his duty weapon,” said Barnes.

Police did not know whether the man lived at that home.

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