Wanted man in critical condition after shooting by Pueblo police

Photo courtesy Pueblo Police Department.

A man was in critical condition Wednesday after being shot by Pueblo police.

Officers surrounded a home in the 1800 block of East Routt Avenue around 1 a.m. as a part of search for the man, who was on the Pueblo SAFE Streets most wanted list, Pueblo police said. They found him in the backyard of the home, where he pointed a gun at officers and was shot, police said.

He was taken to the hospital and was last known to be in critical condition, police said.

The man's name has not been released.

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, per standard protocol, according to police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gonzales. Gonzales declined to say how many officers were involved.

The 10th Judicial District Critical Incident Team - made up of the Pueblo Sheriff's Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the District Attorney's Office and the Pueblo Police Department - are investigating the shooting. The sheriff's office is the lead agency.

Parts of East Routt Avenue and Emerson Avenue were closed Wednesday morning for the investigation.

The shooting follows on the heels of two others at the department this year.

Pueblo police officer Michael Bellamy was involved in a shooting that killed a man two weeks earlier. Bellamy was assisting in a search for a parole absconder on June 10 when he encountered 32-year-old Bobby Sanchez in the 3100 block of West 27th Street. During their foot chase, police said Sanchez pulled out a handgun and was shot by Bellamy.

Police never specified if Sanchez pointed the weapon at Bellamy.

Bellamy has served with the department for "just shy of one year," Pueblo police said in a news release.

That shooting is still under investigation.

A man police said was armed with a knife and a handgun also was killed in an officer-involved shooting March 24.

Joel A. Gonzales, 48, was threatening family at a home in the 2600 block of 8th Avenue on the city's north side when he rushed at officers with weapons in his hands and was shot, police previously said.

That shooting is also under review with the CIT team. The officers, Dassity Miller and Hunter Lewis, had their body-worn cameras on at the time of the shooting, police confirmed.

Both officers have been with the department around three years, the department said.

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