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Man dead after shooting involving Monte Vista Police

Police responded to a welfare check on Tuesday when they were confronted by an 18-year-old armed with knives, according to police.

MONTE VISTA, Colo. — An 18-year-old man was killed during a shooting involving Monte Vista police on Tuesday.

At about 12:35 p.m., Tuesday, two officers from the Monte Vista Police Department (MVPD) responded to a home in the 1200 block of South Broadway Street for a welfare check. The 911 caller reported that a man was armed with two knives.

The responding officers were later identified as Monte Vista Police Sgt. Michael Martinez and Cpl. David Pino.

When they arrived at the home, a man confronted the officers and was armed with two knives, according to police. The 18-year-old man ran toward officers while swinging the knives, police said.

According to an update from MVPD, Pino deployed the Taser and Martinez fired his handgun. While retreating backward from the attack, Pino fell to the ground and then also fired his handgun.

The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified by the Rio Grande County coroner as Xavier Sanchez. Neither officer was injured by the knives, according to police. Pino suffered minor injuries when he fell, according to police.

Credit: Monte Vista Police Department

>Above is a screenshot from the body-worn camera of one of the MVPD officers.

Both officers remain on administrative leave, per MVPD policy

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will lead the investigation into the shooting. The 12th Judicial District Attorney will review CBI's findings.

The name of the suspect has not been released. 



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