Arapahoe County sheriff deputies shoot gunman dead following car chase in Centennial


AURORA | Multiple deputies from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed a reportedly armed man who fled a domestic violence incident at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday near the border of Greenwood Village and Centennial.

Julie Brooks, a spokeswoman for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, said the man was threatening someone with a gun Thursday morning and fled in a vehicle when deputies arrived.

She says the deputies chased him and eventually boxed him in with their patrol cars. They then broke the suspect’s car window to get him out and shot him when he allegedly went for a gun.

Three deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

The dead man has not yet been identified.

Deputies responded to a report of a domestic violence incident between two people near the intersection of East Arapahoe Road and South Potomac Street in Centennial shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, according to the local sheriff’s office. After arriving, deputies determined a third person at the scene had a gun and witnessed that person leave the area in a vehicle. 

The possible domestic violence incident occurred in the area of the Big O Tires store on East Arapahoe Road, Brooks said.

Deputies followed the reportedly armed driver on suspicion of felony menacing for about 2.5 miles before boxing the vehicle in with three different patrol cruisers near the intersection of Arapahoe and South Dayton Street.

The suspect did not comply with deputies’ commands to exit the vehicle, according to tweets from the sheriff’s office. Deputies then tried to break one of the vehicle’s windows to remove the driver.

The driver then reportedly reached for a weapon, prompting deputies to shoot him at about 9:15 a.m. Investigators believe the suspect had a handgun, according to Brooks.

It is unclear how many shots were fired, and how many officers discharged their weapons.

The pursuit down East Arapahoe Road was in line with the sheriff’s office policies, according to tweets. A critical response team, coordinated through the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, will investigate the officer involved shooting.

Officers involved in shootings with suspects are automatically placed on paid, administrative leave, per department policy, Brooks said.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office is contracted to provide full-time policing services to the city of Centennial. The intersection of Arapahoe and Dayton is located in Greenwood Village, one block past the Centennial border, according to municipal boundaries outlined on Google Maps.

Due to the incident, Arapahoe Road was closed in both directions, from South Havana Street to the west, to the intersection with Clinton and Boston Streets to the east. South Boston Street turns into South Clinton Street on the south side of Arapahoe.

Arapahoe and Dayton reopened shortly after 1 p.m., the sheriff’s office said on Twitter.

— The Associated Press contributed to this story