DENVER — The armed suspect in a robbery at a liquor store was shot by officers one minute after he was first spotted by Denver Police walking along South Platte River Drive.
The Denver Police Department (DPD) gave an update on the May 30 shooting during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.
The initial robbery happened at a liquor store in the 1300 block of West Alameda Avenue just before 3 p.m., DPD Division Chief Ron Thomas said at an earlier briefing.
The suspect brandished what was later confirmed to be an assault-style rifle at the clerk through the liquor store's drive-thru window, DPD said, and left with merchandise.
Dispatch first received a call about the robbery at 3:05 p.m., DPD Investigations Chief Joe Montoya said.
Officers who were already nearby were sent to the area at 3:07 p.m., and at 3:08 p.m., Montoya said they saw the suspect walking on South Platte River Drive.
Montoya said the officers stopped their patrol car and told the man to put his hands up, but he kept walking. He said the officers moved their car and got out, where they "prepared tactically with their weapons."
The officers asked the suspect to put his hands up once again, Montoya said, but he instead removed his weapon from a "sling position" and pointed it toward the officers.
Montoya said shots were fired at 3:09 p.m. -- one minute after the officers first encountered the suspect.
He was loaded into an ambulance three minutes later, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The suspect has since been identified as 29-year-old Shannon Wright. The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner listed his cause of death as a gunshot wound.
The two officers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave, and a multi-agency investigation into the incident is underway.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.
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