The man fatally shot by Denver police on Wednesday has been identified as Raul Rosas-Carsosa, 52.
Rosas-Carsosa was cutting his own throat with a utility knife and disregarded directives to stop advancing toward police, Major Crimes Division Cmdr. Matt Clark said at a news conference Friday. An officer shot him five times after efforts to stop him with pepper balls and Tasers failed, Clark said.
Denver police were dispatched to the area of South Federal Boulevard and West Harvard Avenue around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday after a call was made to report a stabbing, police said.
Rosas-Carsosa was cutting his own throat with a “razor knife,” later identified as a red Milwaukee-brand utility knife, Clark said.
Officers attempted to keep their distance from Rosas-Carsosa but he kept advancing, with the knife in his right hand, despite officer commands telling him to “stay back,” Clark said. One of the officers fired a less-lethal pepper ball 10 times, striking Rosas-Carsosa’s chest and abdomen.
Police also fired Tasers in an attempt to stop Rosas-Carsosa’s advance, Clark said. The preliminary investigation found that only one Taser probe made contact with Rosas-Carsosa, Clark said.
“This is a total of 33 seconds from the arrival of officers to when shots were fired,” Clark said. “And in that 33 seconds officers issued clear and direct commands, they backed away from the subject to create additional distance, they utilized both a less-lethal pepper ball system and a Taser before discharging a handgun.”
The District 4 patrol officer who used her handgun is currently on a modified duty assignment.
The investigation is still in its early stages.
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