Video shows fatal Colo. OIS of armed murder suspect

Officers ordered the shotgun-wielding suspect to drop the weapon multiple times before shooting him

By PoliceOne Staff

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Colorado police department recently released video of officers fatally shooting a murder suspect armed with a shotgun.

On Oct. 1, Fort Collins police responded to a call from a man who said someone shot a hole in his hotel room’s ceiling, KDVR reports. A woman told arriving officers that her 3-year-old daughter was inside the room with the suspect, 26-year-old George Newman.

When Newman opened the door, officers ordered him multiple times to drop the shotgun, which he ignored. Sgt. Justin Gallimore then fired two shots at Newman, hitting him in the chest and fatally wounding him, according to The Coloradoan.

"When you look at Newman's reaction and you listen to his breathing, the way he moves his eyes, he's in a decision-making process, which causes Sgt. Gallimore to take action," interim Police Chief Terry Jones said. 

Jones said Newman had his weapon in a lower position and raised it as he opened the door. The chief added that slowed down footage shows Newman’s hands on the trigger before he was shot.

District Attorney Cliff Riedel found the officer justified in the shooting, saying that Newman could have shot the officers or the child in the amount of time police gave him to put the weapon down.

Toxicology results found that Newman had "extremely high levels of methamphetamine" in his blood. Police believe Newman killed 66-year-old Sherri Allman, who was stabbed to death, days before the fatal shooting.

They determined that the double-barrel, 12-gauge shotgun he possessed at the time of the shooting belonged to Allman.

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