Arvada, CO January 16, 2018 – The Jefferson County Coroner concluded that Erick Michael Deleon, age 25, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On January 14, Arvada Police contacted Deleon in a parking lot in the 5000 block of Kipling after receiving a suspicious person report. Police cleared him using identification he provided and learned he had a felony domestic violence/stalking warrant from Denver, and was considered “armed and dangerous”.
Before police could arrest Deleon, he fled in his car. He crashed the vehicle on the south side of the Target parking lot, then fled on foot. Deleon was located walking southbound west of Kipling near the I-70 frontage road. He was carrying a handgun when confronted by police.
Deleon raised the weapon in the direction of Arvada Officers. An Officer fired their weapon striking the suspect. Deleon then turned his weapon on himself and shot himself in the head. Medical personal tended to Deleon, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team (C.I.R.T), comprised of Jefferson County law enforcement agencies and members of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, is investigating the incident.