Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police in suburban Denver kill resident who shot intruder

Police in suburban Denver kill resident who shot intruder

A Vietnam war veteran defending his home from an intruder was shot and killed by police who mistook the man for the assailant, Colorado authorities said Tuesday. One report indicated the intruder allegedly tried to strangle the child.

He said the names of the victims as well as the alleged intruder would be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office.

"Our preliminary investigation has revealed the deceased intruder on the bathroom floor was fatally shot by the armed adult male resident", police said, according to the paper.

Richard "Gary" Black Jr. was protecting his family when he was killed, according to Qusair Mohamedbhai, an attorney representing the Purple Heart winner's family. Both he and Black were trying to save the boy.

Mohamedbhai told 9Wants to Know the family believes the man may have come from a nearby house party.

According to state records, Black held a license as a certified public accountant in Colorado from 1999 to 2008.

Chief Metz says the officer involved has been placed on administrative reassignment with pay, per department policy.

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We have also asked for an interview with the Chief of Aurora Police, but were told the department is not talking to media at this time.

While the family mourns the loss of their loved one, Denver Police and the DA's office are investigating.

Forrest declined to address questions, citing the district attorney's request to withhold facts as the investigation continues. 'We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very hard time'.

Officer-involved shooting on East Montview Blvd.

Findings will be turned over to the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office, which will determine if any criminal charges will be filed against any involved person, the office said in a release. The police department said it would be holding a news conference later this week to give more information about the incident.

This is the second deadly officer-involved shooting in recent days by Aurora police. An unidentified officer shot the armed adult male.

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