BY PETER JONES
At least two investigations were continuing into last week’s police standoff in Englewood that ended in the fatal shooting of a man identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office as 32-year-old Michael Kochner.
On March 3 at around 1:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2800 block South Bannock Street on a report that a man had barricaded himself in a house with hostages. A SWAT team of Englewood and Cherry Hills Village police took positions on nearby rooftops as negotiators communicated with the suspect.
“Through the course of the negotiations, the suspect was shot by an officer on scene and has since passed away,” the Englewood police report said.
It was unclear what prompted the shooting or if gunfire was exchanged.
No hostages or officers were injured in the incident, according the report, though witnesses reported seeing a man being taken from the house in handcuffs and another on a stretcher.
Per standard procedure, the officer who shot Kochner has been placed on administrative leave. The 18th Judicial District Critical Response Team was conducting an independent investigation of the shooting.
Some reported seeing a drone flying near the house during the several-hours standoff.
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