Suspect shot by DPD had reached for officer's gun during struggle

9NEWS at 4 p.m. 09/01/16.

DENVER - Investigators say the man who was shot and killed by Denver Police during an attempted arrest Wednesday afternoon had reached for an officer’s gun during a struggle – and may have discharged the weapon.

The suspect has since been identified as 20-year-old Michael Ferguson, who died at the scene.

The incident started when officers were called to a house in the 2600 block of Bates Avenue after hearing that a man with several warrants was inside. There was also a stolen car parked out front.

When police were let into the home, they were told to go to the back bedroom. Ferguson had gone out the window, according to Denver Police, and later encountered officers outside the house.

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When officers tried to chase him, investigators say Ferguson tried to get into the stolen car – which had been blocked by patrol cars.

Investigators say Ferguson then tried to get into a police car, but wasn’t successful, so he took off running.

An officer later tackled him, but investigators say Ferguson did not cooperate. Two other officers came to help.

“That struggle then became very aggressive,” Cmdr. Barb Archer, with DPD’s Major Crimes Unit, said Thursday.

Archer says Ferguson tried to grab an officer’s gun from the holster.

“At that point, our witness statements and evidence suggest the gun was discharged during the struggle,” Archer said.

Another officer shot Ferguson, who died at the scene. That officer is an 11 year veteran of the department, according to DPD.

All four officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, per policy.

Two of the officers were taken to the hospital, and a third was also injured. None of the injuries are considered serious.

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