ARVADA, Colo. — Officers with Arvada Police Department (APD) shot and killed a domestic violence suspect early Friday morning following a confrontation at an apartment complex, public information officer Dave Snelling said.

Katrina Perez, 40, was found dead inside the residence moments later, Snelling said.

Just after 5 a.m., officers received a call from a man inside an apartment at 5360 Everett Street who reported a “serious assault and potential homicide.”

Officers arrived on scene and were confronted by a different man armed with an edged weapon, Snelling said. Concerned for a party inside the apartment, Snelling said officers attempted to get into the apartment immediately. 

As officers tried to gain entry, the man with the weapon, later identified as Manuel Arebalo, 40, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Snelling.

“We also sadly discovered there was a female victim in this case,” Snelling said. “And the female victim was also pronounced deceased at the scene."


It's unclear at this time how many officers fired shots. No officers were injured.

As is standard protocol with officer-involved shootings, the Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team will handle the investigation into the incident. 

“Officers, when they arrived, were confronted with this situation and ended up having to use force in order to get into the apartment and in dealing with this suspect,” Snelling said.  

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office will determine Perez’s cause and manner of death.

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