*** PRESS RELEASE ***
Westminster Police Department
Westminster, Co 80031
July 25, 2023 4:41pm
Westminster Police - Officer Involved shooting
At approximately 4:41 pm a Westminster Police Officer on routine patrol in the 8800 block of Lamar Street observed a silver SUV parked facing westbound in the eastbound lanes of 88th Avenue.
The officer exited his vehicle and attempted to speak with the lone female driver of the SUV. The female driver was armed with a handgun and the officer fired his weapon, striking the driver, who was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. No one else was injured during this incident.
This information is preliminary and an independent investigation will be conducted by the 17th Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team. Once the investigation is complete the findings will be presented to the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s office for review.
The identity of the deceased female will be released by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.
The officer was uninjured and has been placed on paid administration leave. Being placed on paid administration leave is normal practice for our agency when an officer is involved in a critical incident.