Felisa Cardona, Staff Writer
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A man who was fatally shot by Aurora police Sunday morning advanced toward them with a long kitchen knife, ignored commands to drop the weapon and demanded that the officers shoot and kill him, police said Monday.
Three officers fired their weapons at the man as he closed the distance between them, said Officer Marcus Dudley. Sixteen rounds were fired, but police didn't say how many hit the man.
Police declined to release the man's name because they had not reached his family.
The officers are on paid administrative leave, standard protocol in officer-involved shootings. Dudley declined to release their names.
The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Boll-E-Ana Motel in the 12000 block of East Colfax Avenue near Peoria Street about 3 a.m.
A security guard called police about 2:45 a.m. to report that he witnessed two men involved in a drug sale. When the guard attempted to contact the men, they fled.
When police got to the area, they found the man in the parking lot of the motel.
Two witnesses confirmed the officers' statements, Dudley said.
The man who was shot was described as an escapee from a community-service program where he was serving time for assault.
"We have had at least three other contacts with him where he has expressed to us an intent to do harm to himself and was receiving treatment for that," Dudley said.
Staff writer Felisa Cardona can be reached at 303-820-1219