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Craig officer, Moffat County deputy on leave after fatal shooting

Police tried to approach the suspect at a restaurant in Craig when he ran and showed a gun, the CBI said.

MOFFAT COUNTY, Colo. — A man is dead after police shot him during a chase on Friday in Moffat County. 

On Friday March 31, around 8:58 a.m. the Craig Police Department (CPD) tried to make contact with a man outside the Cool Water Grille on Victory Way in Craig. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said the suspect, who was wanted for an outstanding warrant, ran from police. 

Both CPD and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) tried to approach the suspect when he showed a firearm and ran, a press release from CBI said. 

Officers on scene fired at the suspect, striking him, and took him into custody, according to CBI. Due to the suspect's injuries, he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, CBI said.

On April 12, CBI said that a deputy and an officer discharged their weapons. They were identified as Craig Police Officer Daniel Molina and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Kurtis Luster.

Molina has served as a Patrol Officer with the Craig Police Department for one year. Luster is a 23-year law enforcement veteran, who has served with the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office since 2021.

No one else was injured in the incident. 

Molina and Luster are on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which is standard procedure.

The 14th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team will lead the investigation for this case.



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