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Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Greeley identified

The man was involved in a crash, fled the scene, then ran to a Loaf ‘N Jug armed with a handgun, the Critical Incident Response Team said.

GREELEY, Colo. — The Weld County Coroner's Office has identified a man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Greeley as 32-year-old Christopher Austin Dockery.

The 19th Judicial Incident Response Team (CIRT) said that Dockery was on parole and wanted on active felony kidnapping, menacing, and robbery warrants in a release Friday. 

CIRT said those warrants stemmed from a Jan. 5 incident where Dockery and another suspect, Mica Meriah Osborn, threatened a Greeley couple with a machete and an aluminum baseball bat, holding them captive in their home and threatening to kill them.

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Christopher Austin Dockery and Mica Meriah Osborn

The couple subleased a bedroom from Osborn, CIRT said, and Dockery was upset with the couple over criminal allegations he thought they had made to the Greeley Police Department.

CIRT is investigating the officer-involved shooting that happened Tuesday afternoon in the area of 23rd Avenue and 32nd Street.  

CIRT said at about 2:34 p.m., Greeley Police officers "observed a wanted man leaving a house in Greeley" who was on parole and had active felony warrant. That man was later identified as Dockery.

Dockery got in a car, CIRT said, and when officers attempted to pull him over, he refused to pull over and lead police on a brief chase.

Dockery was involved in a crash on 23rd and 32nd where he fled the scene, CIRT said. He then ran to a Loaf ‘N Jug armed with a handgun.

That's where CIRT said Dockery attempted to carjack a vehicle at the gas station. Officers gave several commands to Dockery to surrender, but he refused to comply, and "an officer-involved shooting occurred," CIRT said. Dockery was pronounced deceased at the scene.

CIRT said Dockery was involved in a Tuesday afternoon carjacking on Interstate 25 in Mead.

No officers and no members of the public were injured during the chase or subsequent shooting, CIRT said.

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