Boulder Man Killed by Cops After Firing Gun Into Boulder Creek
Update: Moments ago, the Boulder Police Department confirmed that the man injured yesterday, May 22, in an officer-involved shooting near Boulder Creek has died.
The man has not yet been identified.
Another new bit of information: While the BPD has previously stated that at least one of two officers who confronted the man had fired, the department now confirms that both pulled the trigger.
The inquiry into the shooting is being handled by the Boulder County Investigation Team, which consists of "investigators from various law enforcement agencies throughout Boulder County," a news release points out.
Investigators encourage anyone who witnessed the officer-involved shooting in Boulder to call 303-441-4455. Continue for our previous coverage.
Original post, 8:10 a.m.: As we've reported, the number of officer-involved shootings in the metro area has been on the rise, particularly in Aurora, where three OIS incidents have taken place in May.
Even so, it came as a shock to Boulder residents when such a shooting went down in that idyllic community, too.
And even more disturbingly, the gun-down happened on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in one of the city's busiest areas, reportedly after a man started firing a weapon into Boulder Creek.
At around 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, according to the Boulder Police Department, multiple 911 calls were placed to the BPD's communication center in regard to "a man with a gun...under the Broadway Bridge in Central Park shooting into the water."
Here's an interactive graphic of the area. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."
Boulder officers rushed to the scene, where they made contact with the suspect.
Shortly thereafter, the BPD maintains, the man pointed his gun at the officers.
In response, at least one Boulder cop shot at the suspect — and hit the target.
The man was rushed to Boulder Community Hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.
In the meantime, an unknown male who appeared to be with the suspect took off and managed to elude the cops.
Then, around twenty minutes later, officers heard another shot, this one seemingly originating in the Central Park area.
Police don't know who squeezed that particular trigger or if he was related to the man who fled after the initial confrontation with police and the Boulder Creek shooter. No descriptions have been publicly shared to date.
The police presence was significant afterward.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports that the Boulder Public Library was evacuated and closed earlier than usual as a result of the incident and subsequent search.
Moreover, a dive team went into the water yesterday evening in search of clues.
The Daily Camera also produced a video in which BPD spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly detailed what happened while standing in front of Mustard's Last Stand, among Boulder's best-known eateries — an incongruous image, but a strangely appropriate one for a disturbing incident that proves no Colorado community is immune from police shootings these days.
Continue to see CBS4's coverage of the shooting, followed by Cordingly's information about the incident.
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