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Denver Man Shot After Threatening Police, Firefighters with Gun (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A man was fatally shot Tuesday evening after waving a handgun at Denver police and holding it up to his head.

The shooting took place around 6:30 p.m., when cops found an unidentified man threatening firefighters with a gun, according to police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez. 

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Firefighters were already at the scene because they responded to a 5:30 p.m. called of an overdose.

Standing in the street at the 2600 block of South Federal Boulevard, the man refused to comply with orders from police to drop his gun. He waved the gun at police and at times held it up to his head.

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"I heard them yelling commands at him, and then I heard a loud 'bang,' " said neighborhood resident Mike Gorby said.

“It looked like he was trying to get away,” said witness Michael Blowe, who captured the shooting on video. “That’s when they shot him for real.”

Officers shot the man out of concern for public safety, reports KKTV.

The suspect was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Lopez did not comment on the ongoing investigation.

Sources: Denver Post, KKTV