After shooting home intruder, Vietnam vet killed by responding officer

Officer-involved shooting on East Montview Blvd

Officer-involved shooting on East Montview Blvd

A 73-year-old man who shot and killed an intruder in his home was then shot and killed by a responding police officer in Colorado, according to 9News. They later learned that man lived at the home.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to contact police at 303-739-6710.

The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative reassignment with pay, according to the news release.

Authorities also found an injured juvenile, who was taken to the hospital for "serious, but non-life-threatening injuries".

"This is a very heartbreaking and tragic situation for everyone involved", said Nick Metz, police chief with the Aurora Police Department, in a statement.

The armed man, however, was identified as Richard "Gary" Black Siddhartha Rathod, a lawyer representing his family's estate.

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A neighbor, Brad Maestas, told the Denver Post he heard the initial gunshots and armed himself until he saw police swarm nearby.

The man killed the officer was taken to the hospital, where he died. Around 1:30am, multiple 911 calls came in about a disturbance, including one call from an adult female who said an adult male was breaking into her home, the Aurora PD says in a press release.

The investigation into the shooting will be conducted by the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit, the Denver Police Department and the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office. "We are providing assistance through our victim advocates to help the family of the deceased resident through this very hard time". They confronted a man armed with a gun, and an officer shot and killed him.

The police department voice mail ends with an appeal: "Thank you for calling the city of Aurora, the safest large city in Colorado".

The identities of the victims will be released by the Adams County Coroner's Office.

The incident marks the second officer-involved killing in as many days in Aurora.

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