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Officer Involved Shooting 11/15 Update

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This Press Release is being distributed on behalf of the 19th judicial Critical Incident Response Team.

At approximately 2125 hours, on November 14, 2019, officers with the Greeley Police Department responded to a call for service for shots fired at 13th St and 26th Ave in the City of Greeley. Officers were advised by dispatch that a white Chevrolet or GMC dually pickup had fired a shot at another vehicle.

The white Chevrolet pickup was later observed near the City of Eaton on HWY 85 driving at a high rate of speed southbound. Deputies with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Greeley Police Department pursued the vehicle for a short time and discontinued when it entered the City of Greeley. The vehicle was spotted by a Greeley officer a short time later near the intersection of 37th St and 47th Ave.

Officers pursued the vehicle to the area of 37th St and Marigold St when two suspects, a male and female, exited the vehicle and began firing at the officer with multiple rounds. An officer was shot during the shoot out and the female was injured. The male suspect fled to his residence barricading inside. The Greeley officer and female have both been released from the hospital.

Greeley and Weld County SWAT teams responded. While Greeley SWAT was surrounding the house attempting to make contact with the suspect, a round was fired inside the residence. Upon searching the residence, the suspect was located, deceased.

The male suspect has been identified as 40-year-old, Russel Cooley. The manner of death will be released following the outcome of the autopsy and laboratory reports.

The 19th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team will be handling this investigation. If anyone in the community has any information, please call:                                                                                                                          
Lieutenant Kevin Halloran with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office 970-400-2837                                                    Sergeant Kris Haffner with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-400-5809.

This is an active investigation and more details will be released as they become available. All media inquiries will be handled by the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.