WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Westminster investigated an officer-involved shooting on Tuesday afternoon.

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Police tweeted an update on the situation at 112th Avenue and Stuart Street near Cotton Creek Park.

Police with the auto theft task force contacted the male suspect, an 18-year-old man whose name hasn’t been released, associated with a stolen car when he pointed a weapon at officers. Officers fired back.

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Cotton Creek Elementary was placed on lockout status during the investigation.

The incident involved officers from the Colorado State Patrol and Wheat Ridge.

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Family members ran to the scene distraught and confused when they learned the 18-year-old shot by police was their relative. Authorities say the suspect killed by officers was a man who had stolen a black Mercedes four-door.

“They understand that this is a stolen vehicle and that much is for sure; and this was a suspect in that, and what they were hoping to accomplish, I could not say based on the investigation,” Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol said.

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Investigators have not said if the suspect led officers with the auto task force on a chase or if he was found in Cotton Creek Park. Police say he pulled a gun and was immediately shot.

“When officers were investigating the auto theft they addressed the suspect. He turned around and pointed a weapon and the officer did fire their weapons,” Cheri Spottke with the Westminster Police Department said.

The Westminster Police Department is now handling the investigation.

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