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Lakewood officers fatally shoot 32-year-old suspect who fired handgun at them, police say

The incident occurred in the area of West Colfax Avenue and Garrison Street, police said.

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Lakewood Police officers fatally shot an armed man suspected of attempting to break into vehicles on Tuesday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

The incident occurred near the intersection of West Colfax Avenue and Garrison Street, according to the Lakewood Police Department (LPD).

Around noon, officers received a report of a man attempting to break into vehicles at Prestige Imports, a car dealership at 9201 W. Colfax Ave., on the north side of Colfax at Garrison, LPD said.

While responding to that call, a report came in of a robbery at the Safeway on the other side of Colfax, though an investigation found no indication that a robbery had occurred, said John Romero, LPD public information officer.

While investigating at the Safeway, officers spotted a man fitting the description of the suspect near the intersection of Colfax and Glen Dee Drive, Romero said. That's one block east of Garrison.

When officers approached the suspect, he ran into a nearby neighborhood. The officers pursued. The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Ty Spencer Walvatne-Donahey, stopped in a driveway of a residence and fired at officers at least two times, police said.

Multiple officers fired at Walvatne-Donahey, who died at the scene, Romero said.

LPD believes Walvatne-Donahey was the only suspect in the incident, and they're not looking for anyone else, he said.

The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting. The officers who shot the suspect are on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, according to LPD.

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