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Longmont Police Fatally Shoot Man Outside Regal Cinema Thursday Night

September 21, 2018

Longmont police at the scene of a fatal-officer involved shooting at Regal Cinema at the Village at the Peaks on Thursday night.

Longmont police officers shot and killed a wanted man they were tracking Thursday night in front of a movie theater at the Village at the Peaks.

Four officers responded to Regal Cinema at the outdoor mall around 9:45 p.m. to track the man, who was known to police and wanted on a sexual assault warrant, according to Longmont police Deputy Chief Jeff Satur said.

The officers, three of whom were in uniform and one who was in plainclothes and training, contacted the man near the fire pit area outside the main entrance to the theater.

At some point while interacting with the officers, Satur said the man reached for a handgun.

During the interaction, police first deployed a Taser on the suspect before an officer yelled “gun,” according to Satur. Two officers fired their weapons.

It is not yet know if the man, who died at the scene, was hit by fire from one or both officers.

No officers and no one at the theater was injured.

The two officers who fired the shots will be put on paid administrative leave during the investigation, per department policy. The officers have not yet been named.

The Boulder County Critical Incident Team, a multi-agency investigative task force, will investigate the shooting and present its findings to Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty, who will decide whether to file criminal charges against the officers involved.

Dougherty recently reviewed the June officer-involved shooting in Louisville. He released a letter in July clearing Louisville Cpl. Joe Lamb, who shot a man driving a pickup truck in a parking lot off South Boulder Road.

The name of the man killed Thursday will be released by the Boulder County Coroner’s Office.

Longmont police had two officer-involved shootings in 2015 , both involving Officer Robert Buswold. The district attorney cleared him, and others involved, of any wrongdoing both times.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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