A man fatally shot by the Colorado Springs Police Department last week has been identified Tuesday.
Richard Quintana, 37, was shot last Thursday while police officers were investigating a stolen car in the 500 block of Garden of the Gods Road, according to a news release from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Police located a vehicle in a Quality Inn parking lot without a license plate and attempted to make contact with Quintana, who allegedly exited the vehicle “with what appeared to be an AR-15 pointed at his chin,” the Colorado Springs Police Department said.
Officers said they gave Quintana verbal commands to put down the weapon as he walked to a nearby gas station but that Quintana allegedly did not comply.
When Quintana allegedly approached someone pumping gas and still did not drop the weapon, police said they deployed a Taser, “which was ineffective.” Another officer fired at least one round, hitting Quintana at least once, the sheriff’s office said.
Quintana was taken to a local hospital where he died. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the coroner’s office.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigative agency for the shooting.
The officer who shot Quintana, who has not been identified, was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave per their policy. Information regarding the law enforcement officer who shot Quintana will come from the Colorado Springs Police Department.
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