Two Montezuma County law-enforcement officials shot a man who pulled a gun on an officer early Saturday morning.
Neither of the officers was injured in the incident. The man who was shot, Zachary Sullivan, was listed in serious condition at Denver Health Medical Center on Saturday afternoon. However no one was listed under that name in the hospitals directory Sunday.
An officer from the Cortez Police Department and a deputy from the Montezuma County Sheriffs Office were involved in the incident, Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane said. Both officers were responding to a call regarding an allegedly intoxicated man.
At about 18 minutes after midnight, dispatch received a call of a man who appeared to be drunk walking south on Oak Street in the area of 1515 South Oak Street, Lane said. Two officers responded in separate cars and contacted the gentleman, Zachary Sullivan.
Sullivan has had numerous interactions with officers in the last few years, said Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell.
During contact with the officers, Sullivan allegedly pulled out a concealed semi-automatic handgun and pointed it in the face of the Cortez police officer. Officers responded immediately, shooting Sullivan multiple times, Lane said.
Both officers fired at the suspect and struck him multiple times, he said.
Immediately after the incident, numerous other officers arrived. One officer from the police department arrived on the scene at the time of the incident and witnessed the shooting, Spruell said.
Their training kicked in, and they did what they were supposed to do, Spruell said.
Sullivan was transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital for treatment and immediately was airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center. Specific information about Sullivans injuries was not available Saturday from the hospital.
Investigation of the incident has been turned over to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, and the two officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is both departments policy, until the investigation is complete. Officers names will not be released until the investigation is complete.
It is standard procedure for both agencies to place officers involved in such an incident on leave, Lane said. We call in CBI since both agencies were involved to ensure the incident is independently and fairly investigated.
Charges have not been filed in the case and will be handled by the state bureau of investigation, Lane said.
This is the first officer-involved shooting in Cortez in more than four years, Lane said.