The sheriff's office responded to a call of a suspicious man inside the grocery store around 9:15 p.m. According to Jacki Kelley with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the man was reported to be wandering around the store talking to himself, and had a hand gun visible in his back pocket.
"Due to concerns for the safety of store customers and employees, it was decided to not contact the man inside the store. Several deputies waited outside the store entrance while one deputy entered the store to watch his behavior," Kelley said in a statement.
According to police, an officer approached the man after he exited the store and tried to speak to him. The suspect allegedly responded by pulling a gun from his pocket. A series of shots were exchanged between officers and the suspect. The suspect was shot at least once and taken to a local hospital where he later died from his wounds. No other injuries were reported.
Neighbors who live near the suspect say they're saddened by what happened, but they're not surprised.
Mike Orecchio says he and many other neighbors feared the suspect because they said he was mentally unstable and was often seen lashing out on people without a reason.
"We just had a feeling he would snap. The last interaction was when he yelled at us saying he was a biological telepath," Orecchio said. We wanted to have him get help but he refused help. He was definitely unstable."
Police say a second handgun was also discovered inside the suspect's jacket. Investigators spent several hours at the suspect's home in Littleton.
The name of the man was not released.