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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — While responding to a call for shots fired, Commerce City Police officers were involved in a shootout that nearly injured one officer and sent one man to the hospital.
Officers were dispatched to the area of 69th Avenue and Fairfax Drive at approximately 5:30 p.m. for a shots fired call. When officers arrived, they found a man who was down from a gunshot wound, according to the Commerce City Police Chief Clint Nichols. He was later pronounced dead.
While on scene, two officers found a person matching the description provided by witnesses and followed him to an alley where they began speaking with him. This man told officers he had nothing to do with the deadly shooting, which the officers believed, Nichols said.
While still in the alley, a different man began firing at the officers. A bullet went through one officer’s shirt sleeve, but he was not injured. Six officers total returned gunfire. The man shooting at the officers was shot, but it’s unclear how many times, according to Nichols.
The injured man was taken to the hospital, and police do not know his current condition. The other man police were first speaking to was not injured.
The department is not certain if anyone else was also firing at officers during the incident.