The man Denver police shot and killed early Wednesday morning verbally threatened an officer and pretended he had a weapon after a brief foot chase, police said.
“This guy went into his pocket and came out with a silver object that looked like a gun,” said Sonny Jackson, a Denver police spokesman.
Jackson said 33-year-old Jason T. Gomez “simulated that he had a weapon and threatened the officer’s life verbally.” The object Gomez brandished turned out to be a lighter, Jackson said.
Jackson said that turn of events has been determined through the police investigation but could not elaborate whether the account came soley from the officer or other witnesses, too.
Gomez died from multiple gunshot wounds at Denver Health Medical Center, according to an autopsy.
The shooting happened shortly after 2 a.m. in the 3200 block of West Ada Place near South Federal Boulevard and West Mississippi Avenue.
Police said Gomez had possible gang affiliations and an outstanding felony warrant.
Rocky Mountain News