DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police officers shot and killed a man Tuesday night near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Iliff Avenue. Investigators say he pulled a Glock handgun from the waistband of his pants and ignored commands to drop the weapon.

“As the officers were talking with the male from a distance, they recognized the grip of a handgun protruding from the pants that the male was wearing. The officers began to give him verbal commands, which he disregarded,” said Matt Clark with DPD’s Major Crimes Unit, during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “At one point, the subject grabbed the handgun and removed it from his pocket, which time Denver police officers discharged their handguns multiple times.”

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Clark said the officers recovered a loaded Glock 17 semi-automatic handgun at the scene.

The man was taken to the hospital where he later died. His name hasn’t been released. He was described as being white.

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When asked why police described the suspect’s race, Clark said the department has been “getting more and more questions on that” and they are trying to be “transparent from the onset.”

“I would imagine if, for subjects’ races [that are] readily identifiable, that we will be able to do that,” Clark said.

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The three officers involved will be on modified duty while the shooting is investigated, which is standard procedure.

Jesse Sarles