Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Colorado police fatally shoot armed homeowner who killed intruder

Colorado police fatally shoot armed homeowner who killed intruder

Officers responding to a home invasion in Colorado reportedly gunned down the homeowner - moments after he reportedly fatally shot the intruder.

Metz said dispatchers received multiple 911 calls about a disturbance in the area of North Iola Street and East Montview Boulevard around that time.

The deceased homeowner also sometimes took care of the yard of another neighbor, Susan Askoul, who told the Post he would call if he noticed something or someone out of place at her home. As soon as he entered the house, they found "very chaotic and violent scene", according to the statement.

Police shot the man, who later turned out to be the resident, according to KTLA sister station KDVR in Denver.

Metz said the armed man died at the hospital.


Police found the unidentified intruder dead on the bathroom floor. A child suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries at the hands of the intruder.

Colorado police mistook an armed homeowner with an intruder and shot him dead, authorities said.

"This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved", the statement says. 'We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very hard time'.

The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative reassignment with pay, according to the news release.

The resident of the house and the robber has not been identified by police.


Aurora police and the Adams County District Attorney have refused to answer follow-up questions about the incident, saying it could harm the ongoing investigation.

The department has promised to cooperate with the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit and the Denver Police Department, the two entities conducting the investigation.

Police have not released the name of the suspected intruder.

The incident marks the second officer-involved killing in as many days in Aurora.


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