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Colorado Crimes: Brian Christopher Naranjo shouldn't have drawn that gun

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The press releases issued in the wake of yesterday's officers-involved shooting suggest that Longmont resident Brian Christopher Naranjo, 35, had numerous opportunities to avoid getting shot and killed. Naranjo, who's been arrested in the past for everything from forgery to menacing (and was wanted on a failure-to-appear traffic charge), led cops on a chase through Longmont, and after being brought to a halt by an intentional crash, he reacted to a shotgun blast through his window by drawing a handgun. Say goodnight, Irene.

Read the aforementioned accounts from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, one of the agencies involved in the incident, after the jump.

First press release:

Officer Involved Shooting

BCSO Case #09-4476

Longmont P. D. Case #09-8054

Longmont police officers and Boulder County Sheriff's deputies were involved in a vehicle pursuit and shooting early Monday morning. A suspect was shot and killed following a crash and confrontation with officers near 3rd Ave/Emery Street in Longmont. No officers were injured.

A sheriff's deputy contacted the suspect in a vehicle near 8th Ave/Lashley Street at approximately 0246 hours Monday morning. The deputy requested that additional deputies respond to assist him. While speaking with the suspect, the deputy saw that he was armed with a gun and alerted the other deputies.

The suspect fled in the vehicle, leading Sheriff's deputies, Longmont police officers, and troopers from the Colorado State Patrol on a winding 20-minute chase through several subdivisions in east Longmont. Officers made multiple attempts to deploy stop sticks in front of the fleeing vehicle without success. A Longmont police officer intentionally rammed the suspect vehicle with his marked police car near the intersection of 3rd Ave/Emery Street, bringing the pursuit to a stop.

A sheriff's deputy deployed a less-than-lethal shotgun round through a window in the suspect's vehicle, breaking it. Deputies and officers gave the suspect several verbal commands to surrender, but he did not comply. The suspect produced a handgun, whereupon several officers fired upon him. The suspect was shot and killed at the scene.

The identity of the suspect, a 35 year-old male resident of Longmont, has not been released pending notification of the next of kin.

Boulder County's multi-agency Critical Incident Investigation Team has been requested by Sheriff Joe Pelle and Mike Butler, Longmont's Public Safety Chief, to coordinate the investigation of the shooting. That investigation is expected to take several days. The names of the officers involved have not been released at this point.

3rd Avenue is closed to traffic between Main Street and Collyer Street. Traffic is being re-routed along 2nd Avenue. The side streets accessing 3rd Avenue between 2nd Avenue and 4th Avenue are restricted to local traffic. The Longmont Civic Center is open for business, however access is limited. Normal traffic flow will be restored as soon as investigators are able to complete their investigation at the scene.

Sheriff Pelle and Public Safety Chief Butler provided a media briefing at 0520 hours this morning. No additional media briefings are planned at this time. Additional details will be provided via media release as they become available.

Second press release:

Update on Officer Involved Shooting Investigation

BCSO Case #09-4776

Longmont P.D. Case #09-8054

This media release provides update information regarding the investigation of an officer-involved shooting that occurred early Monday morning in the City of Longmont. The original media release may be found on the Boulder County Sheriff's Office website at: www.bouldersheriff.org.

The Boulder County Coroner's Office has identified the decedent as Brian Christopher Naranjo, 35, of Longmont. He was shot and killed early Monday morning following a vehicle pursuit and armed confrontation with Longmont police officers and Boulder County Sheriff's deputies. The decedent had a lengthy criminal history with at least two dozen arrests over the past 17 years for offenses including Stalking, Resisting Arrest, Menacing, Trespass, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Forgery, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Driving Under the Influence among others. Mr. Naranjo was wanted on misdemeanor charges of Failure to Appear on a Speeding charge and Driving While Under Restraint at the time of his death. A copy of Mr. Naranjo's booking photograph from a December 2008 arrest is attached.

Boulder County's multi-agency Critical Incident Investigation Team is continuing their investigation. The investigation is expected to take at least two weeks. Additional details will be provided as available.

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