Deputy shoots, kills man after crash near Todd Creek

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 BRIGHTON --An Adams County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man Monday night after a car crash near Todd Creek west of Brighton.

       The man's name was not known Wednesday night. He was in his mid-40s. Sgt. Terrance O'Neill said the suspect's family did not wish the man's name released.

"The family has expressed great concern to the Adams County Sheriff's Office that their loved one's name and/or photograph sent out via media would only further and prolong their suffering over the incident," O'Neill said in a statement late Wednesday night.

The deputy, a 13-year veteran of the force, is on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.

The incident happened shortly after 6 p.m. at 146th Avenue and Quebec Street. It started as a rollover car crash. O'Neill said when a deputy began to investigate, he saw the driver of the car crouched next to the vehicle. 

O'Neill said the deputy asked the man to stand up, and the victim responded by turning in the direction of the deputy and pointing a gun at him. The deputy shot the victim twice, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A team of detectives from the north metro area will form the shooting team,” O’Neill said. “They will conduct a thorough investigation. They will compile the 911 calls, interview witnesses, the deputy involved with the shooting.”

O’Neill said such reviews can two weeks to complete, on average. The findings will be presented to the Adams County District Attorney.

“A couple of weeks is about normal,” he said. “Some are longer. It depends on how in-depth the findings are.”

Quebec Street was closed from state Highway 7 to 140th Avenue so deputies could conclude their on-scene work.