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Pueblo PD: Man fatally shot by police fired at officers, was threatening to take female hostage

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PUEBLO, Colo. -- Pueblo police provided an update Monday on an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday night, resulting in the death of one man.

At the scene on Rex Street, officers heard screaming and yelling coming from inside the residence, according to the release. Police heard a man threatening to take a woman hostage.

Due to those circumstances, officers forced their way into the home. As they entered through the front door, a female ran out of the home and a man appeared in the hallway. The man was holding a weapon and began firing it at officers, according to the release.

The officers returned fire and fatally shot the man, who we identified Sunday as 24-year-old Estevon Cruz.

Police later learned that the man was firing a "CO2 pistol", or pellet gun, according to the release.

The investigation is preliminary and ongoing, police say.

We will continue to follow this story and provide updates as more information is made available.

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The Pueblo Police Department says that four of their officers have been placed on routine administrative leave after a suspect was fatally shot Saturday night.

Around 10:38 p.m. officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 3200 block of Rex Street.

At the scene, officers heard an active disturbance. They forced entry into the residence where they encountered "a threat," according to the police report. Officers fired shots and the suspect was fatally wounded.

Police were unable to elaborate further on the threat, pending the ongoing investigation.

The suspect's identity has not been released at this time, but police did confirm that the person fatally shot was male.

The department says that the 10th Judicial District Critical Incident Team is investigating the case, which is the 6th officer-involved shooting in Pueblo City limits in 2019.

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  1. Well it’s no wonder Pueblo is reporting a drop in crime stats. That’s the seventh criminal they have eliminated from the gene pool this year. Wow!

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