Thornton Police Department Releases Video of Officer-Involved Shooting.
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Thornton Police Department Press Release
On September 5th, 2022, at approximately 7:30 AM, officers were dispatched to the 8500 block of I-25 to check the well-being of a male party who was walking in traffic. Multiple people had called 9-1-1 to report that the male was causing cars on the highway to swerve. One caller stated she had almost hit the male with her car.
When they arrived, officers located a 29-year-old male, now identified as 29-year-old Darylray Lopez, and attempted to talk to him in the 8500 block of northbound I-25. During the interaction, the male produced a knife, charged at an officer, and was shot by that Thornton PD officer. The male was transported to an area hospital where he later died. No officers or other people were injured in this incident.
As in any officer-involved shooting (OIS), this investigation was immediately turned over to the 17th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team and the officer who fired his weapon was placed on administrative leave per standard protocol. At the conclusion of that investigation, the case will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office.
This investigation is ongoing, and the case remains open.
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