Suspect shot dead after initiating shootout with police

On late Wednesday night, January 4, a man was shot dead after exchanging gunshots with Frederick Police Department (FPD) officers.

The officials said the FPD received a call reporting a shootout occurring in the area around the 200 block of 7th Street at 11:30 p.m. The incident occurred in the neighborhood north of Centennial Park, around the corner in downtown Frederick, Colorado.

According to the press release, multi-jurisdictional officers responded to the call. Firestone Police Department, Mead Police Department and Weld County Sheriff’s Office all came to the scene.

Upon arrival, a person in one of the buildings in the area started firing at the officers and one resident. This action triggered a shootout between the suspect and the officers. One officer managed to shoot the suspect, killing him on sight just before 2 a.m.

“During the incident, officers fired at an adult male subject who was struck and pronounced dead at the scene,” the officials said.

Shootout Aftermath

At this point, there has been no information regarding how many officers fired at the suspect. The officials also have not said which department they are members of. Other than the suspect, none of the officers or the public were injured.

The Weld County Coroner’s Office is currently performing an autopsy on the suspect. However, the autopsy reportedly will not release his identity until after his family has been notified.

Investigation into the shooting is currently underway, led by the 19th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team. At this time, the officials said they have yet to determine the suspect’s motive for the shooting.

According to the statement released at 5:15 a.m., the officials said they would remain on the scene the whole morning. While they said there was no more threat to the community, they still warned the public to avoid the downtown area of Frederick for the time being.