A suspect has died after being shot by Englewood officers March 18, the Englewood Police Department said in a news release. No officers were injured during the incident.
In a news release dated March 20, the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office identified the man who was shot by law enforcement as 34-year-old Christopher Michael Martinez.
“He died of gunshot wound injuries and the death is classified as a homicide,” the coroner’s office said in the release.
According to the Englewood Police Department’s news release, the Englewood police were called to the Lucky U Motel, located at 4575 S. Broadway, at approximately 12:40 p.m. March 18.
The caller reportedly said a male threatened to rob and shoot the caller and allegedly pointed a handgun at the caller, the police department said. The male then allegedly left the area on foot.
“The male was described in detail and the caller said he was still carrying the handgun when he left,” the police department said in its release.
Officers reportedly arrived in the area and “were directed” toward South Broadway and Princeton Avenue where they allegedly located the suspect, the police department said.
The suspect allegedly ran northbound through the east Broadway alley toward East Oxford Avenue, per the release. The officers reportedly pursued the suspect on foot and located him just east of the intersection of Oxford Avenue and South Broadway.
The officers then allegedly confronted the suspect and an “officer involved shooting occurred,” the police department said. This means that at least one officer discharged their firearm, hitting the suspect.
According to the release, officers reportedly rendered aid to the suspect, though it is not clarified in the release how soon the aid was given after the suspect was shot by police.
The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital where he died, per the release.
An independent investigation of the incident will be conducted by the 18th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team, according to the release. It is not specified how many officers are involved, but the police department said that the involved officers were placed on paid administrative leave.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, the police department asked that they call 303-761-7410.