Armed suspect dies after officer-involved shooting during investigation of ‘possible homicide’



The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday in a quiet westside Loveland neighborhood. Miles Blumhardt,

An armed suspect is dead and a police officer injured following an officer-involved shooting in Loveland on Monday night. 

The incident stemmed from a welfare check following the report of a “possible homicide” in the 3300 block of Cuchara Court. About 7:15 p.m. Monday, a Loveland police officer found a deceased male inside the garage of a home in the area, according to a news release from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. 

After finding the man, the officer backed out of the garage and the Loveland Police Department SWAT Team responded to the scene “to ensure no other victims were in the residence,” according to the sheriff’s office. 

About 8:30 p.m. Monday, SWAT Team members entered the home, where they encountered an adult female suspect who was armed with a firearm.

Gunfire was exchanged, and the woman was struck and pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. A male officer who sustained minor injuries was evaluated and cleared by paramedics.

The names and causes of death of the man and the woman will be released at a later time. The names of the officers involved had not been released as of Tuesday afternoon.

The entrance to the cul-de-sac was cordoned off with police tape, and Larimer County sheriff’s deputies were stationed in the cul-de-sac Tuesday morning. 

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The Eighth Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team, or CIRT, is taking over the investigations of both the deceased man and the officer-involved shooting, with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office serving as the lead investigating agency. 

According to the sheriff’s office, CIRT investigators are interviewing witnesses as well as officers involved in the incident. The crime scene was still being processed as of Tuesday afternoon. Additional information may be available in coming days, the sheriff’s office said. 

CIRT includes investigators from law enforcement agencies across the judicial district. After investigating, the team will present its findings to the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office, which then will decide whether the level of force was warranted in the shooting.

When an officer-involved shooting occurs, departments also conduct internal reviews to determine if the agency’s policies and protocols were followed during the incident. 

This was the fourth officer-involved shooting incident in Larimer County in 2019. There was one police shooting in 2018, five in 2017, and three in both 2015 and 2016, according to Coloradoan records.

Those with information about Monday’s incident are asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ryan Matt at 970-498-5162.

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Officer-involved shootings in Larimer County in 2019

In May, Larimer County District Attorney Cliff Riedel cleared a Loveland police officer in the April 29 shooting of Gavin David Gamez. 

Gamez was shot and injured by Officer Paul Ashe near the intersection of North Monroe Avenue and East 29th Street shortly after an armed robbery was reported at a nearby Subway. 

Ashe shot Gamez after he saw him pointing what appeared to be a gun, but was later identified to be a green water pistol that had been painted black, toward the SUV of another officer. When Ashe commanded Gamez to stop, Gamez turned and pointed the gun at Ashe, who shot his handgun one time. 

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Riedel said Ashe was justified in shooting Gamez because he “believed that his life and the lives of his co-workers … were at risk.” Ashe “appropriately fired his duty weapon a single time to stop the immediate threat,” Riedel said. 

Gamez was charged with aggravated robbery, a Class 3 felony, and eight counts of felony menacing, a Class 5 felony, according to court records. He is being held in Larimer County Jail without bond, and his next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 21.

In January, a Fort Collins police officer responding to a domestic violence disturbance shot an armed suspect holding his estranged wife hostage as the suspect fatally shot himself, ending the threat. The officer shot him four times.

Officer Keith Hunter was justified in the shooting of 36-year-old Joshua Moore on Jan. 12, Larimer County District Attorney Cliff Riedel ruled in February. The Larimer County Coroner’s Office ruled Moore’s death a suicide.

On Jan. 8, a Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot at a suspect during a standoff near Berthoud

Deputy Ethan Powers was legally justified in firing his weapon at the 46-year-old Berthoud man, who was not hit by the gunfire, District Attorney Cliff Reidel said in a formal opinion released later that month. 

The man faced two charges stemming from the incident. Both were dismissed by the district attorney’s office on May 28, according to Colorado court records.

Coloradoan reporter Miles Blumhardt contributed to this report.

All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court. Arrests and charges are merely accusations by law enforcement until, and unless, a suspect is convicted of a crime.

Editor’s note: The officer-involved shooting occurred in the 3300 block of Cuchara Court. A specific address has not been confirmed by law enforcement. That information was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.

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