A Good Samaritan stopped to help a sedan stuck in a ditch in Greeley Thursday morning, but it turns out the man he was trying to help had allegedly been eluding police in a stolen car.
Thursday morning at 9 a.m., officers from Greeley Police responded to a call of someone stealing a car in the 1400 block of 8th Avenue.
Eventually, police would track that car down and fatally shoot the suspect - identified Friday as 26-year-old Jose Angel Aguero Jr. of Greeley - as he ran from them, a press release from the Weld County Sheriff's Office stated.
As Greeley officers responded to the call, they saw Aguero driving off in a 2018 red Chevrolet Cruze.
Police didn't chase Aguero in the car, but instead found it later stuck in a ditch near Two Rivers Parkway and 37th Street near Greeley, according to the release.
A bystander had stopped to help get the Cruze out of the ditch. He had no idea the man he was trying to help was the suspect in a car theft.
Aguero was waiting in the Good Samaritan's truck when police arrived and ran off as officers approached, police said.
Officers shot him with beanbag rounds, but he still did not stop, police said.
After he was shot by the beanbag round, police said Aguero took out a handgun. At that point, deputies from Weld County fired at the man, shooting him.
He was pronounced dead on scene.
No deputies were injured.
The gun Aguero brandished was reported stolen out of Greeley in November of this year.
The deputies who fired their weapons will be placed on administrative leave, which is policy, while the shooting is investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team.
Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County
Communication Center at 970-350-9600 extension 4.