WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A woman who was shot and killed by police last week in Westminster was identified on Monday as Alysha Duran, 46, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.
Police spokesperson Cheri Spottke said around 4:40 p.m., an officer on patrol noticed an SUV parked and facing the wrong direction on 88th Avenue at Lamar Drive. The SUV was facing westbound in the eastbound lanes of the road, Spottke said.
Spottke said the officer got out of his car and tried to talk to the woman in the driver's seat, but it's unclear if any conversation happened before the officer shot her.
Spottke said a gun was found in the woman's car, but did not say when or where it was found, or if the woman pointed or fired the gun. In a news release later Tuesday, police said the woman "was armed with a handgun."
The woman was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police said 88th Avenue was closed between Pierce Street and Lamar Drive due to the investigation.
Another car was caught within the shooting scene, Spottke said, but that car was not involved. That driver was not injured.
The investigation is being led by the 17th Judicial District's critical incident response team.
Spottke said the officer who fired shots has been with the department for more than 20 years. His body-worn camera was activated during the shooting, she said.
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