Denver police shoot and kill man who they say pointed a gun at them in Aurora

The man was driving a stolen vehicle.

Police tape. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Police tape. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A man is dead after being shot by at least one Denver Police officer at Interstate 225 and East Iliff Avenue in Aurora on Monday evening, according to Denver Police.

Division Chief Ron Thomas said District 4 officers encountered a stolen vehicle at Cedar Avenue and Federal Boulevard in West Denver a little before 6 p.m. They followed it until the driver pulled over at I-225 and Iliff Avenue, where he got out and pointed a gun at officers, Thomas said. The officers fired their guns at the suspect, who was hit at least once. He was pronounced dead at a hospital at 6:36 p.m.

Thomas said officers “followed that vehicle safely” and that it was not a chase.

“This isn’t something that we would authorize a pursuit for,” he said.

The Aurora Police Department, which is assisting in the investigation, tweeted earlier that the I-225 off-ramp at East Iliff Avenue was shut down and that “the exit ramp is expected to be closed for an extended period of time, stay out of area.”

This is the second shooting involving Denver Police in five days.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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