Video: Police Shoot Armed Suspect in Colorado Traffic Stop

Warning: Footage is quite graphic
September 18, 2018 Updated: September 18, 2018

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released videos showing the shooting of an armed suspect being shot by officers.

The traffic stop happened on Aug. 31, at about 4:41 p.m. along Highway 85 in Douglas County, the sheriff’s office said. Officials pulled over a truck after it made an unsafe turn in front of them, the report said, adding that four people were inside the vehicle.

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“The vehicle was occupied by four people, two adult females and two adult males,” said the sheriff’s office. “Upon identifying the driver, it was learned that she was the restrained party listed in a protection order protecting a male who matched the description of the right rear passenger.”

It added: “The two females and one male, who was the front seat passenger, were cooperative with deputies, however, the male in the right rear passenger seat was uncooperative in providing his legal name.”

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The suspect was later identified as Paul Askins, 61.

Askins came out of the vehicle with a handgun pointed at deputies, said the sheriff’s office. “As he continued to advance out of the vehicle deputies shot Askins multiple times, fatally wounding him,” the office said.

Askins had two active warrants out for his arrest in El Paso County: one for second-degree burglary and another for failure to appear.

“The names of the deputies involved will not be released at this time. This is still an open and active investigation and some details of the investigation may not be released at this time,” said the sheriff’s office.

The full video can be seen below (Warning: Graphic shooting footage):

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