Feb 25, 2011 6:11 PM by David Ortiviz
Pueblo police say a man who was shot and killed by an on-duty police officer over nigh was armed and may have pointed a gun at the officer. The officer fired two rounds at 27-year old Robert Elmore.
The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Thursday on Pueblo's northside. Police responded to a call about a loud disturbance at 2309 Longhorn Dr. That's when Robert Elmore's life ended. "The door was opened by the individual that passed away, he was holding a weapon and at some point he may have pointed that weapon at the officer," said Luis Velez, Interim Chief of the Pueblo Police Department.
Police say the officer fired two rounds, hitting elmore in chest. "It looks like the officer was shooting in self defense," said Velez.
Elmore died at the hospital. "If there's an imminent threat, the officer is allowed to use equal or greater force to defend himself and the people around him," said Capt. Dayton Robinson, with the Pueblo Police Department.
The officer wasn't hurt. Now an investigation is underway to figure out if he was justified. "It's important for the public to know there are independent agencies that are also involved in the investigation," said Velez.
Velez says a critical incident team was activated to investigate the shooting. It's a team from the police department, sheriff's office, CBI and district attorney's office. The critical incident team is used to ensure cases like this are investigated fairly.
As for Elmore, his landlord described him as a family guy nice and respectful. A background check shows he was convicted of several forgery counts in 2003 and was sentenced to three years probation.
Another person in the house, a man, was questioned, but doesn't face any charges. The officer involved is on paid administrative leave, which is routine during these types of investigations.