AURORA | A man killed by police after officers say he attacked them with two large knives Tuesday died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Arapahoe County coroner’s office.
In a statement Wednesday, the coroner said Cecil Cochran, 55, died of severe internal injuries caused by the gunshot wound.
Aurora police said they emergency crews responded to a home around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1600 block of S. Buckley Way after receiving reports of a man their behaving strangely.
When paramedics from Aurora fire entered the home, they found the man at the top of a flight of stairs naked and agitated. When they tried to talk to him, he walked into a room and came out with two knives, one of which witnesses described as a machete.
Paramedics then went outside and called Aurora police. Three officers went into the home and confronted the man, who struck two officers before one officer fired at him, police said.
The man died at an area hospital. The officers weren’t seriously hurt, police said.
As is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings, the officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, police said.