According to the Adams County District Attorney, two Thornton police officers opened fire on an armed suspect who was pointing at them with a gun. They will not face criminal charges.
According to the decision letter issued by the DA office on Thursday about the shooting, on April 9, after the suspect crashed while avoiding the police, officers Zac Crowe and Lindsay Hinton ) Shoot at Raymond Quintana.
The letter stated that Quintana pointed a pistol at the police officer while escaping on foot, and the latter opened fire. Hinton fired one shot, Crowe fired five shots.
The police officer is pursuing Quintana, who was suspected of stealing coins from the laundry room of the apartment building and pointed a gun in the face of a private security guard who was trying to intervene. The vehicle driven by Quintana crashed near East 115 Avenue and Colorado Avenue.
Hinton and Crowe were the first police officers to arrive at the scene of the accident. They parked the patrol car around the vehicle on Colorado Avenue as the vehicle passed by. The police officers got out of their cars with guns. Quintana came out of the crashed vehicle, holding a gun in his right hand, standing on the hood. “Inspector Hinton shouted,’He has a gun!’ Within a few seconds, Inspector Hinton and Crowe opened fire on the suspect,” the letter said.
The letter stated that Crowe told investigators that Quintana pointed a gun at Hinton. Earlier, in the apartment building before the vehicle chase, Quintana pointed a gun at Crow during a foot chase.
The police shot did not seem to hit Quintana, who jumped over the fence and escaped the police.
On April 14, Thornton and Westminster police issued a search warrant for Quintana in an apartment in Westminster. After about three hours of negotiations, after his surrender, the police entered the apartment and found that Quintana was dead. “Sir. Quintana ended his life,” the letter said.
An autopsy revealed that Quintana suffered a non-fatal piercing gunshot wound to his leg, most likely caused by a gunshot by a police officer on April 9 after the accident.
The letter said: “In this case, the police involved in the case were initially performing their duties to find and arrest a suspected coin thief who threatened the security with a pistol.” “Therefore, the police officer’s pursuit of Mr. Quintana was aimed at involving use or threats. Multiple felonies of the use of lethal force.
“According to the evidence provided and applicable Colorado law, there is no reasonable possibility that any element of the crime can be proved, excluding reasonable doubt, because it is related to the law enforcement personnel involved in this incident. Therefore, no criminal charges will be brought against these officials. .”