A suspect is dead after exchanging shots with a police officer in Five Points

Police say the man died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot
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Denver police investigate an officer-involved shooting at 11th Avenue and Lincoln Street. July 1, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Updates with police saying man was also shot by officer.

A man died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot after exchanging fire with police in Five Points, Denver police said.

Denver Police tweeted Thursday the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, at 26th and Curtis streets.

Earlier, Division Chief of Patrol Ron Thomas had told reporters the shooting broke out after officers responded to a report from a caller that a man had been seen checking doors to see if they would open. An officer encountered a man who fit the description given by the caller. The man at first fled, then turned and fired with a handgun. The officer fired back.

Thomas said a half dozen shots in all were fired.

While police said the man apparently died of a self-inflicted shot, spokeswoman Christine Downs said it appeared he also was shot by the officer. Downs added the investigation was continuing.

The officer was not hit.

Thomas said the man was known to police and was not from the area.

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