Man threatens Montrose police officer with gun

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

MONTROSE, Colo. A 19-year-old man is being treated for gunshot wounds after allegedly threatening a Montrose police officer with a gun, prompting an investigation.

Montrose police officers were dispatched to a mobile home park off Hillcrest Drive at approximately 12:30 a.m. Monday to a report of a suspicious person trespassing in the neighborhood who might be armed.

Residents in the RV community said the man was breaking into cars in people's driveways when somebody called police.

The responding officer confronted an armed man at the scene when the man threatened the officer with a gun. The officer then shot him.

"It was probably within five minutes after the officer had arrived," said Gene Lillard, commander of the Montrose Police Department.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was not killed, but he was injured and taken to Montrose Memorial Hospital. He is from Montrose.

"We are not trained to shoot to kill," Lillard said. "We are trained to shoot to stop the threat."

No officers were injured in this incident.

The officer who fired at the suspect is on paid administrative leave now pending an investigation with the 7th Judicial District Critical Incident Shoot team.

"The officer is doing well knowing that the suspect is in the hospital and he is not deceased," Lillard said.

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