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Posted on: August 16, 2017

Officer Involved Shooting in South Jeffco

Dunsmore, Austin

On
September 21, 2017 at 3:42 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regardinga reckless driver on eastbound C-470. The caller reported that a black Audi
sedan was speeding and passing cars on the shoulder of the road. The Audi then exited onto northbound KiplingParkway. A deputy located the unoccupied
Audi parked at an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store located in the southeast cornerof South Kipling Parkway and West Chatfield Ave. The deputy observed the driver
come out of the store and contacted him in the parking lot. The deputyrepeatedly instructed the driver to stop, but he refused to comply with the
deputy’s instructions and instead jumped into the driver’s seat of the Audi.The deputy continued to the driver’s side door of the Audi and during that
contact a confrontation occurred, resulting in the deputy shooting the driver.

The Audi then left the parking lot andtravelled west across Kipling and came to rest on the west-side embankment.
Medical arrived and declared the driver deceased on scene. The deputy wasuninjured.

The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT team) responded to the scene and is responsible for conducting an independent review of the circumstances involved in all officer involved shootings. The CIRT team is comprised of investigators from various Jefferson County law enforcement agencies uninvolved in the incident.

Per standard protocol, the deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The decedent has been
identified as Austin Dunsmore (DOB 112491). A recent mugshot of Dunsmore isattached.


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