UPDATE: Officers’ names, more details released in MVPD shooting
By Owen Woods | firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Colorado Bureau of Investigation has released more details and the names of the officers involved in the March 21 shooting that left an 18-year-old Monte Vista man dead.
The two officers have been identified as Sergeant Michael Martinez and Corporal David Pino. The officers were dispatched to 1007 South Broadway at around 12:35 p.m. They responded “emergent” to the scene – meaning with lights and sirens. According to CBI, the initial report stated there was a disturbance in the house and “blood all over the place.”
Another 911 call was made at 12:38 p.m. The caller told dispatch that a man inside the house had two knives. This information, CBI says, was relayed to the two officers “as they were approaching the residence.”
Shortly after arriving at the front door of the home, CBI says a man jumped from a front window and ran at both officers, swinging the knives, “barely missing the officers.”
Pino reportedly deployed his taser, while Martinez fired his handgun.
“While retreating backward from the attack, Cpl. Pino fell to the ground and then fired his handgun.” The minor injuries that were initially reported were due to this fall, CBI says.
The 18-year old was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after. His identification will be released by the coroner’s officer. CBI did not state specifically which coroner’s office would conduct the examination and autopsy.
Both officers remain on administrative leave, per internal policy. This remains an ongoing investigation; no other information has been released at this time.
Once the investigation by CBI has been completed, it will be given to 12th Judicial District Attorney Anne Kelly for review.
Monte Vista PD also requested assistance from an agency, other than CBI, from outside of the San Luis Valley to assist with the investigation.
Alamosa Citizen asked for information on this outside agency and specifics from the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, but they said they were unable to comment.
TWO Monte Vista Police Officers are on administrative leave following a shooting that left an 18-year-old Monte Vista man dead. The two officers were dispatched to a home in the 1200 block of South Broadway to conduct a welfare check when the man jumped out of a window armed with two knives.
According to a press release from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, just after 12:35 p.m., the man was said to have run toward the officers, swinging the weapons.
They confirmed that a taser was deployed and “the suspect was fired upon outside of the residence.”
The unnamed man was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Neither officer was struck by the knives, but one officer sustained minor injuries.
The two officers were placed on administrative leave and their names are being withheld, citing internal policy. The names of the officers will be released after the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office makes its ruling and issues the final report in the case. The officers will remain on leave during the course of the investigation.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will be the lead investigating agency. Once the investigation is complete, it will be sent to the 12th Judicial District Attorney for review.
This remains an ongoing investigation.