Three Englewood officers justified in shooting death of man who shot an officer, review finds
Three Englewood police officers were justified in the shooting death of a man who shot an officer at an RTD light rail station, according to a review of the shooting by the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.
Marcus Uribe, 31, was shot on June 9 at the station, 899 W. Floyd Ave., when officers responded to a domestic violence report in which the victim was menaced and assaulted by her boyfriend, Uribe, who was armed, the review stated.
Officers Lauren Riddle, Dan Raddle and Dirk Smith encountered Uribe at the station and he “immediately fired multiple rounds” at them, according to the review addressed to police Chief John Collins dated Dec. 10.
Riddle was shot twice in the abdomen, just below her protective vest. Riddle and Raddle returned fire, wounding Uribe. Smith, armed with a rifle, approached Uribe who was down. Uribe “reached for his handgun” and was shot “a final time.”
Uribe died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to an autopsy report.
Riddle was taken to Swedish Medical Center where she underwent surgery for her wounds.
Uribe’s parents told investigators that their son, a former U.S. Marine who had served in Afghanistan, was distressed after suffering a head injury in a vehicle crash after his service. He was drinking heavily and his relationship with his girlfriend was “tumultuous,” according to the review.
Uribe was talking with his father on his cellphone when police arrived at the station. “This is it, Dad. The cops are here,” he said.
Armed with a 9mm handgun, Uribe fired eight rounds, according to the review. Raddle fired seven rounds and Riddle fired four rounds. Smith fired a .223 caliber rifle once.
“Based on my review of all materials, I find that Officers Riddle, Raddell and Smith reasonably believed that Marcus Uribe posed an imminent threat of danger or serious bodily injury to themselves and members of the public in the immediate area,” said the review, signed by Chief Deputy District Attorney Clinton McKinzie. “I find all three Englewood officers had the legal right to defend themselves and others by the use of deadly physical force.”
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