Officer involved incident leaves one dead

A body cam video provided by CBI shows a suspect armed with knives approaching two Monte Vista police officers who deployed a Taser. The suspect was later pronounced deceased on the scene at a home in the 1200 block of S. Broadway in Monte Vista. An investigation continues.

MONTE VISTA– An 18-year-old Monte Vista man is dead following an altercation Tuesday with police officers.

A report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said two members of the Monte Vista Police Department (MVPD) responded to a call at a residence in the 1200 block of S. Broadway here for a welfare check about 12:35 p.m. Tuesday. Shortly after arriving on scene, a male suspect apparently jumped out of a window, armed with two knives and immediately ran toward the officers swinging the weapons.

It was confirmed that a Taser was deployed and the suspect was fired upon outside of the residence where the suspect was later pronounced dead at the scene. The CBI reported that neither officer was struck by the knives, but one officer did sustain minor injuries during the incident.

The two veteran officers, with approximately 10 years of police service each, were placed on administrative leave per MVPD policy while the investigation into the shooting takes place.  Per MVPD policy, the names of the officers are being withheld; the names of the officers will not be released until the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office makes its ruling and issues the final report in the case.

Since the MVPD was involved, multiple agencies were requested to assist.  The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will be the lead investigating agency. Once the investigation is complete, it will be sent to the 12th Judicial District Attorney for review.

This remains an ongoing investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.