An armed man shot dead by Denver police was identified Tuesday and three patrol officers who fired at the man are on modified police duty during an ongoing investigation.
Colton Wagner, 31, died after 14 rounds were fired at him on Friday at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, police said at a Tuesday news conference.
At about 5:30 p.m. Friday, authorities received six 911 calls reporting a man firing shots into the park, said Cmdr. Matt Clark. Officers arrived and encountered Wagner in the 3800 block of Olive Street, leaning into the front passenger side of a gray Jeep.
The officers, about 90 feet away, called out orders for the suspect to show his hands. Instead, Wagner pointed a handgun at his own head, Clark said. He then lowered the gun and walked toward officers.
Three officers, one armed with a rifle and two with handguns, opened fire, hitting Wagner. “There is no evidence he fired at officers,” Clark said.
Wagner fired a .45 caliber handgun into the park, Clark said. The suspect’s gun and two dozen .45 caliber casings were recovered as evidence from around the Jeep. Wagner had been firing into the park, endangering park users, including people playing tennis, and people at a nearby business. No one was hit by his gunfire, which appeared to be random.
The District 2 officers, who were not identified, collectively have six, seven and 13 years of experience with the department. None of the involved officers have prior shooting incidents, Clark said.
Wagner was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where he died on Friday night. An investigation is ongoing.
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