(CBS4) – The Denver District Attorney’s Office said on Monday that Westminster police had legal justification when they shot suspect Drew Lucero, 37, in a response in September.
On September 3, officers responded to Lucero at a home on the 5300 block of Billings Street in the Montebello neighborhood of Denver. Lucero was wanted for attempted homicide and was also involved in a situation of domestic violence.
On 9/3/21 three @WestminsterPD police shot dead Mr. Drew Lucero in Denver while executing an arrest warrant. Today, Denver DA McCann announced the officers were legally warranted and no criminal charges were warranted. https://t.co/UKzL2I06Oh pic.twitter.com/TQ6FM2Mxon
– Denver DA Office (@DenverDAsOffice) November 29, 2021
Lucero came out of the house when the police intervened and exchanged gunshots with the police officers who responded, and he was shot dead.
“Once Mr. Lucero got out of the house, pulled out a gun and fired, it was impossible for these officers to apply non-violent means before resorting to physical force,” DA Beth McCann said in the Press release. “Non-violent means would have been ineffective in preventing an imminent threat of serious bodily harm or death to these officers. In this perilous situation, the decisions of these officers to shoot Mr. Lucero in defense and mutual defense were justified by Colorado law.
At least four Westminster police officers were involved and were put on administrative leave at the time. No criminal charges will be brought against them.
Westminster Police say the situation first began in September 20202 when they were called to 72nd Avenue and Raleigh Street on a disturbance call. They say a woman said she was shot dead by her ex-boyfriend who left the scene. Since then, detectives had been working on the case. On September 2, the same victim called police saying the suspect had returned home, threatened her and damaged property. Officers then responded to the Billings Street home the next day when the shooting took place.
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DA McCann will present the details of this shooting involving an officer and discuss its findings during a virtual community meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15. The public is invited to join this online meeting which will take place on Microsoft Teams.