Rifle Police: "Death Investigation" Underway

RIFLE, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- The Rifle Police Department is conducting a death investigation with the assistance of the FBI, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Mesa County Sheriff's Office, and the Grand Junction Police Department.

At 6:47 a.m. Friday, officers were searching for a wanted subject believed to be in the area. During this time, they encountered an armed adult male. Officers ordered the male to drop his weapon.

The male refused and ultimately shot himself.

There is a heavy law enforcement presence in the area; however, there is not believed to be any continuing threat to the community. The Garfield County Coroner’s Office will be responsible for releasing the identity of the deceased after appropriate next of kin notifications have been made.

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