Silverthorne Police Officer placed on leave following fatal shooting at Summit Place Shopping Center

Ryan Spencer
Summit Daily
The Summit Place Shopping Center is pictured Tuesday, the day after police shot and killed a man while responding to a report of a stolen vehicle in progress.
Ryan Spencer/Summit Daily News

The Silverthorne Police Officer who shot and killed a man at a shopping center on Monday night, Oct. 16, has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to a news release from the town.

Around 7:57 p.m., Dillon and Silverthorne police responded to Summit Place Shopping Center for a report of a stolen car in progress, Silverthorne Town Manager Ryan Hyland said the night of the shooting.

Upon arriving at the scene, a Silverthorne Police Officer engaged in a foot pursuit with an armed man, Hyland said. Both the man and officer fired their weapons, he said, and the man died at the scene.

The officer was uninjured, Hyland said. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation and arrived on scene in Silverthorne around 11 p.m. to begin investigating the police shooting, according to the news release. 

Authorities have not yet identified the man or the officer who shot him. Colorado Highway 9 near the shopping plaza closed until about 4 a.m., according to the news release.

As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Summit Place Shopping Center was open. Tape with the words “police line do not cross” hung outside the outlets off Stephens Way and Fashion Way.

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