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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The man who died in a deputy-involved shooting Thursday has been identified.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says Austin Dunsmore, 25, was shot and killed by a deputy in Chatfield Avenue and Kipling Parkway.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies received a call at 3:42 p.m. of a reckless driver eastbound on C-470.

“The caller reported that a black Audi sedan was speeding and passing cards on the shoulder of the road,” it says in a release.

A deputy located the vehicle and Dunsmore in the parking lot of an auto parts store in the area.

jeffco shooting 1 Man Killed In Deputy Involved Shooting Identified

Firefighters from West Metro Fire Rescue (credit: CBS)

The deputy, according to the sheriff’s office, “repeatedly instructed the driver to stop, but he refused to comply with the deputy’s instructions and instead jumped into the driver’s seat of the Audi. The deputy continued to the driver’s side door of the Audi and during that contact, a confrontation occurred resulting in the deputy shooting the driver.”

jeffco shooting Man Killed In Deputy Involved Shooting Identified

Copter4 flew over the shooting at C-470 and Ken Caryl (credit: CBS)

The Audi left the parking lot and traveled across Kipling, where it came to a stop on an embankment.

While an investigation is conducted, the deputy has been placed on administrative leave.

The deputy was not injured.

Comments
  1. So a single call alleging reckless driving is enough to get someone who is unarmed killed by our police? Despite his appearance this kid was married and the father of a kid, who quite likely the State, (read us taxpayers), will now have to support. Too bad the dead guy isn’t around to tell his side of the story. Life seems so cheap in America these days.

    I view this incident as denying this young man his Constitutional right to a fair trial, for the crime of failing to obey an officer while carrying legally-purchased auto parts Hopefully there is some security camera footage or a witness to show or tell us what really happened. It was a noisy location, maybe the kid didn’t hear the officer right away?

    Just over the last decade our police in the US have killed close to twice as many Americans as our entire Iraq War dead. Of this number, fully 36% were unarmed, and another 5000 or so were armed with a knife, a tire iron, a metal bar, a wooden club, or some other non immediately-lethal weapon. Are our police at-war with the American people?

    Kids as young as ages 5 and 6 have been murdered by cops, along with several aged 11-12, and several dozen aged 13-16, almost none of which were later found to be an immediate threat to the involved officer. The deaths of most of these kids have to be considered a gross human rights violation. How can you justify murdering a 12 year old playing with a toy gun?

    How is it that the combined police departments of Europe, with a heavily-urban population greater than ours, have only killed less than 200 suspects, almost all of them armed with guns and shooting at police, over the last decade, about 10,800 less than our police have executed in the street over the same time frame?

    How about trying non-lethal force next time like the police in Europe do every day?

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