The Boulder County Coroner has not yet released the identities of a woman who died Friday and the man suspected in her killing, who died after falling from the Table Mesa Park-N-Ride in what is being investigated as an officer-involved shooting.
According to a coroner’s news release Saturday afternoon, both the man and woman were Hispanic. The coroner’s office stated it is continuing its work and that positive identifications would be released at a later time. An autopsy and manner of death for both are also pending.
Police had responded to the 3200 block of 30th Street on Friday afternoon in reference to a welfare check. A caller told police that the woman’s husband had just left the apartment with two children, ages 6 and 12, and was possibly armed with a gun, according to Boulder police.
Authorities located the suspect’s vehicle and followed it to the Table Mesa Park-N-Ride, where they tried to negotiate with the man, but were unsuccessful. The man fell from the top of the five-story parking garage and it is not yet clear whether police fire was involved, according to Boulder police.
The man was taken to Boulder Community Health, where he was pronounced dead.
Boulder police Sgt. Lauri Wegscheider said Saturday afternoon she does not believe the public saw the man fall from the parking garage.
“We had cordoned off the area,” she said.
She added that she couldn’t comment further on the investigation as of Saturday night.
The death of the suspect is being treated as an officer-involved shooting and is being investigated by the Boulder County Critical Incident Team. The names of the officers involved would be withheld for at least 48 hours per department policy, a release stated.
The children remained in the car and were not physically injured during the incident, according to police.
Ryan Tipton, who lives just east of the apartment complex where the woman’s body was found, said he witnessed a “mad dash” of police cars Friday along the Diagonal Highway and 28th Street. Tipton was walking his dog near 28th Street when he saw a number of police cars and what appeared to be armored vehicles.
“I’ve never seen anything like that in Boulder,” Tipton said. “For 20 minutes, there were sirens going.”
On Saturday, the parking garage had re-opened. It had been closed throughout the night Friday, and in a news release Boulder police apologized for the inconvenience.
“The Boulder Police Department would like to thank the community and RTD for their patience as we continue to investigate the 30th Street homicide,” the release stated.