Deputies received multiple reports of a man acting erratically and knocking on parents’ car windows during pick-up.
An officer-involved shooting is under investigation after a suspect was killed Tuesday in the parking lot of a Colorado middle school.
Deputies were called out to Liberty Point International Middle School during dismissal for multiple reports of a suspicious person, according to Chief David Lucero of the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrived three minutes later and confronted the man, reports The Denver Channel.
The man, who one witness said appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, was acting erratically and banging on the windows of parents’ cars around 3:30 p.m. Before police arrived, school staff approached him but he went into a nearby car. The school was subsequently locked down.
The man allegedly became “assaultive” with deputies. Lucero said a deputy was headbutted during the confrontation and may have suffered a broken nose. The suspect then attempted to grab the officer’s service weapon. The man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. No students or staff were injured.
Once the all-clear was given by the sheriff’s department, the lockdown was lifted and staff began to escort students to alternate bus and parent pickup areas.
The 10th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Classes were already set to be canceled today due to weather. Superintendent Ed Smith said counselors will be available when school reopens.