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The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reported that multiple law enforcement agencies are providing assistance in response to an officer-involved shooting in Monte Vista, Colorado on Tuesday.

Body cam video showing the suspect armed with knives in Monte Vista on Mar. 21, 2023. Image courtesy CBI

According to the CBI, at 12:35 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, two members of the Monte Vista Police Department (MVPD) were dispatched to a home in the 1200 block of South Broadway on a call of a welfare check.

Shortly after officers arrived on scene, a male suspect apparently jumped out of a window, armed with two knives and immediately ran toward the officers, swinging the weapons.

The report confirmed that a Taser was deployed and the suspect was fired upon outside of the residence. The suspect, an 18-year-old Monte Vista man, was later pronounced deceased at the scene. Neither officer was struck by the knives; however, one officer did sustain minor injuries during the incident.

The two veteran officers, with approximately 10 years of police service each, were placed on administrative leave per MVPD policy while the investigation into the shooting takes place. Per MVPD policy, the names of the officers are being withheld; the names of the officers will not be released until the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office makes its ruling and issues the final report in the case.

Since the MVPD was involved, multiple agencies were requested to assist. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will be the lead investigating
agency. Once the investigation is complete, it will be sent to the 12th Judicial District Attorney for review.

This remains an ongoing investigation. According to spokesperson Lisa Kohlbrenner of the CBI, identify of the deceased person and other details are not immediately expected. Ark Valley Voice will provide updates as they become available.

Featured image: The Monte Vista downtown Historic District. Courtesy image.