COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4) – A fatal officer-involved shooting in Commerce City has led to the closure of a stretch of East 104th Avenue. It happened Friday morning.
Commander Dennis Flynn of the Commerce City Police Department said a male suspect was fleeing from officers in a white Ford pickup when he crashed into a car at 104th Avenue and Blackhawk Street. Officers fired their weapons at the man at that location after they said he shot at the woman inside the car that he crashed into.
It’s not clear, Flynn said, how many officers fired or how many shots were fired, but a handgun allegedly belonging to the suspect was found at the scene.
Officers began immediate efforts to resuscitate the man but he passed away at the scene.
“I anticipate this area will be shut down for the next several hours,” Flynn said. “We want to make sure everything is documented.”
Investigators are also looking at a residence near 113th Avenue and Iola Street where this incident began. Flynn said dispatchers received multiple reports of gunfire from witnesses in this area.
“All we know right now is there were multiple people who called in that shots were fired,” Flynn added. “That’s why the concern and heavy police response. It’s a residential area.”
He said he was confident there was no further threat to the public.
Police said the incident was a domestic violence call where the victim had an emergency protection order against the suspect. The man and woman had been in a relationship.
UPDATE: E. 104th Ave. will remain closed between Hwy. 2 and Chambers for the next several hours.
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Radio traffic obtained by CBS4 indicates dispatchers first assigned officers to the call at 7 a.m. Officers declared ‘shots fired’ at the 104th and Blackhawk intersection at 7:14 a.m.