2 die in separate officer-involved shootings in Colorado

AP News
Posted: Jul 02, 2017 4:44 PM

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Two people have died after separate officer-involved shootings in Larimer County in north-central Colorado, marking four fatal officer-involved shootings in the state in 48 hours.

A man was killed by law enforcement officers who responded to a report of a man threatening someone Saturday night near the campus of Colorado State University. Campus police were first to respond, followed by Fort Collins officers.

The man was armed with some type of weapon, and several officers fired shots, police said. His name has not been released.

On Friday night, a Larimer County deputy shot Chet Knuppel, 23, of Fort Collins, while investigating a crash involving a stolen vehicle between Fort Collins and Loveland, the coroner said. The suspect fled on foot and was shot by a deputy.

Investigators are trying to find two witnesses, a white male and female, who were in a Jeep Cherokee that may have been involved in the crash with the stolen car.

Two other shootings happened in the Denver area late Thursday and on Friday.

Westminster police said officers shot and killed a suspect who had several warrants for his arrest and brandished a weapon after trying to run to a car to flee officers on Friday. The suspect's name and age haven't been released.

Just before midnight Thursday, Denver police said officers shot and killed a woman and injured another after a carjacking and high-speed chase that ended in Denver. The Denver-area shooting victims have not been identified.


This story has been corrected to show the Friday night shooting near Fort Collins happened when deputies were investigating a crash involving a stolen vehicle. It did not involve a pursuit.