Arvada police shoot and kill man early Friday who fatally stabbed woman


ARVADA |  Law enforcement officers in suburban Denver shot and killed a man early Friday after he apparently fatally stabbed a woman and tried to prevent officers from entering an apartment to check on her, an Arvada police spokesman said.

Officers were responding to a reported domestic violence case at about 5 a.m. Friday when someone called 911 to report a “serious assault and potential homicide,” Detective David Snelling said.

Officers arrived to find a man confronting them with an edged weapon. Officers had to use force to get into the apartment and shot and killed the man, Snelling said.

A woman in her early 40s was found dead in the apartment. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office will determine her cause of death. Police believe the deceased suspect killed her. Their names have not been released.

It’s unclear how many officers fired shots. No officers were injured, Snelling said.

Each officer who fired a gun will be placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, Snelling said.