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Colorado Man Tries Stabbing Deputy With Knife, Gets Fatally Shot

Clear Creek County, CO – Deputies fatally shot a man who tried to stab a sheriff’s deputy with a knife on Friday night.

The incident occurred at about 11:21 p.m. on June 10 when Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputies responded to a “motorist assist” call in the 600-block of Main Street in Silver Plume, KDVR reported.

Deputies arrived on the scene and found a single-vehicle car crash with the driver still behind the wheel.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle – described only as an adult white male – was “argumentative and uncooperative” with the responding deputies, The Denver Post reported.

Then the driver armed himself with a knife, according to the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office.

Backup in the form of more law enforcement officers arrived on the scene and a standoff ensued for more than an hour, The Denver Post reported.

The sheriff’s department said deputies tried to calm the man down and de-escalate the situation, KDVR reported.

All efforts to calm the man and disarm him failed.

So, deputies eventually broke a window on the suspect’s vehicle and were able to retrieve the knife, The Denver Post reported.

But then the suspect armed himself with a second knife and a rock, according to KDVR.

Deputies deployed less-lethal beanbag rounds and a Taser at the suspect but they appeared to have no effect on the enraged man.

When the suspect tried to stab one of the law enforcement officers on the scene, deputies opened fire on him, KDVR reported.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have not yet released his identity, KDVR reported.

The deputy who fatally shot the suspect has been placed on paid administrative leave while the deputy-involved shooting is investigated, as is protocol for such investigations.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is heading up the investigation into the shooting, KDVR reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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