Mar 12, 2013 6:00 PM by Elaine Sheridan
The District Attorney's (DA) Office says they have completed investigations into the officer-involved shootings that occurred on December 4, 2012 and December 21, 2012 involving Robert Kresky and Nicholas Titus, and determined that the officers' use of force against the suspects was "reasonable, appropriate and justified".
Kresky was shot on December 4, 2012, after he was involved in a police pursuit. Police say they had to use a special "pit maneuver" to stop the vehicle, and once stopped he ran from the vehicle while he had his hand in his waistband. After stopping in a dimly lit parking lot officers said Kresky had his back to the officers and was saying he was going to shoot while refusing to "show his hands" and it appeared to have a weapon when officers opened fire. Kresky was injured on the ground, still refusing to obey officers and was "messing with something in his waistband" when officers fired again aiming at his legs. Kresky complied and was taken to Memorial Hospital. He died four days later. A coroner report showed Kresky was shot 14 times.
Titus was shot and killed on December 21, 2012, after police say he was ramming police cruisers at a 7-Eleven in Widefield. Officers had followed Titus to the area because they were going to arrest him on several felony warrants. They attempted to "box him in," and Titus began ramming the officers' vehicles. Officers say they told Titus to stop when he "reached down" and tried to run over one of the officers. That officer fired a shot but Titus continued to drive away and was rammed and stopped by a K9 officer. The officers said Titus pointed a handgun at them and they opened fire killing him.
The DA investigation says that according to multiple witnesses, Kresky and Titus were associates that spent a "great deal of time together" and were involved in burglaries to pay for methamphetamine and possessed several stolen guns. The coroner's report said both men had the drug in their systems at the time of their deaths.