Police shot a suicidal man Tuesday night after officers found the suspect firing a gun inside and outside of his home.
No officers were injured in the confrontation, but the suspect sustained a gunshot injury when shots were fired after an officer responded to a call at 7:34 p.m. reporting a suicidal person with weapons barricaded inside his home in the 3100 block of Longhorn Court near the intersection of Swallow Road and Shields Street, according to a Fort Collins Police Services press release.
Neighbors said they heard about four or five gunshots but initially thought the bangs were just firecrackers.
â€œWe just heard shots, and police showed up,â€ said neighbor Chris Siebers.
Front Range Community College student Keegan Fotter, whoâ€™s lived in the neighborhood since he was five, got a call from his mom in Seattle after she received a text notification about S.W.A.T. activity in the area at 8:07 p.m. He was getting home from school when he drove up to police cars blocking off the street.
â€œItâ€™s kind of quiet around here,â€ said neighbor Chris Wright. â€œStuff like this never happens.â€
The wounded suspect was transported by ambulance to the Medical Center of the Rockies.
An investigation into the shooting is ongoing, the release said. And although the identity of the officer involved has not been released, it is FCPS policy to place any officer involved in a shooting on paid administrative leave.
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