Denver medical examiner identifies man killed in Saturday police shooting

A man killed Saturday by Denver police and Adams County sheriff’s deputies has been identified as Christopher Escobedo, 33, by the Denver medical examiner.

Escobedo was shot to death just after midnight in the 1500 block of Meade Street. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to a news release from the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

Escobedo was shot after a car chase that started in Adams County when sheriff’s deputies tried to stop the driver for a traffic violation at the corner of 58th Avenue and Broadway Street. He drove into Denver and opened fire on the pursuing officers, Denver police division chief Ron Thomas said during a Saturday news conference.

Denver police officers joined the chase and attempted to stop the car. Escobedo and a female passenger stopped on Meade Street and ran into a backyard. Escobedo was holding a gun and did not drop it officers told him to, Thomas said.

Three Adams County deputies and two Denver police officers opened fire. The woman was not hurt.

Escobedo was the third person to be shot by Denver police in the past week. On Tuesday night, Denver police killed an armed man on South Colorado Boulevard, and they killed a man on Sept. 9, who was waving a handgun and threatening people near West High School.

So far this year, Denver police have killed nine people. Statewide, Colorado law enforcement have wounded or killed people in 46 incidents.

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