Brighton police shoot, kill gun-brandishing man

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By The Staff

BRIGHTON – The Adams County Coroner's Office identified the Brighton man who died Saturday night near 144th Avenue and Buckley Road after a confrontation with police.

            Shad Pemberton, 36, allegedly refused police orders to drop a handgun following a short chase. A Brighton officer shot him in the stomach. Pemberton died at Denver Health Medical Center. The officer is on paid administrative leave pending a county review of the incident.

            Brighton police won’t comment on a possible motive, citing department policy. Toxicology tests won’t be complete for at least another month.

Pemberton was a 1993 graduate of Standley Lake High School. He worked for Teddys Nightclub in Denver as a bartender, according to his Facebook page.           

The trouble began shortly before 8 p.m. near a convenience store on East Bridge Street. Pemberton may have been threatening people with a weapon. Police searched the area and found no one.

            A few minutes later, police received a report of shots fired near 26th Avenue and Egbert Street and a report of a man with a gun at a gas station on East Bromley Lane. This time, witnesses said the person involved was driving a Honda. A police officer saw the car, tried to stop it but wound up in a chase instead.

            Police used stop sticks to stop the car. At that time, they thought they saw Pemberton with a gun in his hand. Even though the car's tires were flattened, the car rolled forward. When it stopped for good near 144th Avenue and Buckley Road, police said Pemberton got out of the car with a gun in his hand but wouldn't obey orders to drop the gun.

            Police said Pemberton walked toward them, at which point they fired.

            Bradley said he believed it to be the department's first officer-involved shooting since at least 2002.