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Man killed by Fountain police officer in home shooting

September 24, 2015 Updated: September 24, 2015 at 8:57 pm
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photo - The home on the 700 block of Legend Oak Drive in Fountain where an officer-involved shooting occurred is cordoned  off by crime scene tape. Photo by Kassondra Cloos, The Gazette.
The home on the 700 block of Legend Oak Drive in Fountain where an officer-involved shooting occurred is cordoned off by crime scene tape. Photo by Kassondra Cloos, The Gazette. 

A man shot Thursday afternoon by a Fountain Police officer died about three hours after the shooting, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Thursday night.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating the officer-involved shooting as part of the Fountain Police Department's protocol for such incidents. The identity of the man who was killed was not released, and Lt. Bob Jaworski said he could not release the man's age.

Details were sparse about what went on in a home on the 700 block of Legend Oak Drive in Fountain. Two officers were dispatched to the house after a woman made a call about a disturbance, and they were invited inside the home. A man inside the home had a handgun, and an officer fired one shot, said Fountain's deputy chief, Ron Reeves. It was unclear Thursday afternoon whether the man threatened the officers or anyone else inside the home.

The officer who shot the man was not identified, and has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy. It was unknown whether the second officer who responded would be placed on leave as well.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he died at 5:12 p.m., two and a half to three hours after he was shot.

Both officers were wearing body-worn cameras, and the footage will become part of the Sheriff's Office investigation.

The last officer-involved shooting in Fountain was in 2012, when a man threatened to shoot his family. He survived.

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Contact Kassondra Cloos: 636-0362

Twitter: @KassondraCloos

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