Thornton cops kill a man


Suspect dies after being shot by Thornton police

Posted: 03/10/2010 07:55:31 AM MST

Updated: 03/10/2010 09:08:27 AM MST

THORNTON — A man who allegedly broke into the Thornton home of his roommate, stole the roommate’s van and then returned to the residence minutes later was fatally shot by Thornton police early today.

Matt Barnes, spokesman for the Thornton Police Department, said the man returned to the home around 4 a.m., some 15 minutes after police originally received reports that the suspect broke into the home, trashed the interior and stole a van.

As the man approached two officers, he had his hand on a large knife and ignored repeated commands to “stop” and to “get on the ground.”

One of the officers fired a Taser at the man; the second officer fired his gun, according to Barnes. The suspect died a short time later at a local hospital.

Barnes said that he does not know how many shots were fired or whether the man had taken the knife out of a sheath and pointed it at the officers.

Howard Pankratz: 303-954-1939 or hpankratz@denverpost.com

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