Suspect dies after being shot by Thornton police
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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