Aurora, Colorado, police have fatally shot a male robbery suspect they said threatened them with a handgun after a chase that ended Saturday at Denver International Airport, authorities said on a news conference.
Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas said two male suspects robbed a 7-Eleven store in Aurora around 2 a.m. Saturday before fleeing the crime scene in a small black SUV.
At around 5 a.m., Aurora police spotted the vehicle and began chasing it toward the Denver airport, performing an immobilization technique that caused the SUV to crash, Thomas said.
“We understand that a police chase and high-speed chases are inherently dangerous,” Thomas told reporters on Saturday. “And so we want to end that as soon as it’s safe to do so. I think those agents believed that this remote location was a safe location to perform that maneuver.”
Thomas said the suspect driving the car grabbed a long pistol and threatened officers, causing three Aurora officers to shoot the suspect.
Denver paramedics arrived and began providing assistance, but the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The second suspect has been arrested.
A police officer in Aurora was injured in the crash, a police official told ABC News. Although, no other officers were injured in the shooting.
Aurora and the Denver Police Department are conducting a joint investigation into the incident.