Jefferson County, CO. – Around noon today, 911 dispatchers received a call from a passerby who saw a man standing at the bottom of the eastbound off-ramp from I-76 to Sheridan Boulevard. The man was reported to be standing next to a black motorcycle and was waving a gun.
Jefferson County Deputies responded to the area and located the motorcycle unoccupied. During the on-scene investigation, a male matching the description approached a deputy. As the deputy engaged the man in conversation, he pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the deputy. Shots were fired. The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene. No one else was injured.
The suspect is a 33-year old white male. His city of residence is not known at this time. The motorcycle at the scene was reported stolen out of Westminster back in February. The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), a multi-law enforcement agency investigative team, is investigating this case. The deputy involved will be placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol during this type of investigation.
No one else was injured and there is no threat to the public. The off-ramp from I-76 to Sheridan will remain closed until the investigation is complete.