A man shot by local law enforcement March 19 is returning to Montezuma County after being treated for injuries in a Denver Hospital.
Zachary Sullivan, 31, is being released to the custody of the Montezuma County Detention Center, said Angelia Young, public information officer for the Cortez Police Department.
No information is available on Sullivans health condition, Young said.
Two local law enforcement officers, one from the Cortez Police Department and one from the Montezuma County Sheriffs Office, were involved in the shooting, which took place after Sullivan allegedly pulled a gun on one of the officers. Neither of the officers was injured.
Cortez Police Chief Roy Lane told the Journal March 19 the officers responded just after midnight to a dispatch call regarding an allegedly intoxicated man when the incident occurred.
Sullivan is known to law enforcement officers and has had numerous interactions with officers in the past few years, Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell said the day of the shooting.
During contact with the officers, Sullivan allegedly pulled out a concealed semi-automatic handgun and pointed it in the face of the police officer. Officers responded immediately, shooting Sullivan multiple times, according to Lane.
Immediately after the incident, numerous other officers responded to the scene. One officer from the police department arrived on the scene at the time of the incident and witnessed the shooting, according to Spruell, who noted the officers responded to the situation as they were trained.
Their training kicked in, and they did what they were supposed to do, he said.
Sullivan was transported to Southwest Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was immediately airlifted to Denver General Hospital and was later placed in the custody of the Denver County Jail.
Sullivan was arrested in Cortez in 2001 and charged with several counts of aggravated armed robbery, menacing, assault and larceny for which he was convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison, according to a criminal history report. He has been convicted of criminal mischief and smuggling weapons and contraband into prison.
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, as per department policy, until the investigation is complete. Officers names will not be released until the investigation is finished.
We call in CBI since both agencies were involved to ensure the incident is independently and fairly investigated, Lane said.
Potential witnesses in the case are encouraged to contact the Cortez Police Department at 565-8441.
22nd Judicial District Attorney Russell Wasley said no charges have been filed in the case as of Friday.
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