LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – A man died on Sunday after being shot in the chest Sunday morning by a Boulder County Sheriff’s deputy during a welfare check.
The incident happened at approximately 9 a.m. at a residence near 95th Street and Ogalalla Road, near Longmont.
“We received a call from the resident indicating her 44-year-old son was making some vague suicidal threats,” Boulder County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heidi Prentup said.
When Boulder County deputies arrived around 8:45 a.m., the mother told them her son had locked himself in his room for several days and claimed he didn’t have any weapons.
“We went into the bedroom and were talking with the son when he displayed a handgun and was shot by one of our officers,” Prentup said.
Authorities said several rounds were fired during the incident.
The 44-year-old was quickly airlifted to Denver Health and later died. The deputy who shot him is now on paid administrative leave until the investigation is finished.
“We have a critical incident investigation team, which is multi-jurisdictional so we bring in detectives from all over the country to investigate the incident. They’ll treat it like any other investigation,” Prentup said.
Neighbors didn’t want to talk on camera, but say it’s a sad situation.
The name of the man who was shot and the deputy’s name so far are not being released.
– Written by Heather Burke for CBSDenver.com