Officials investigating fatal officer-involved shooting in Pueblo’s south side

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Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Pueblo Saturday night. / Pueblo Police Department

PUEBLO, Colo. — Authorities are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting Saturday night in the south side of Pueblo.

Police were called to the area of Small Avenue and Acero Avenue around 10:30 p.m. after reports of a suspicious vehicle, which turned out to be stolen. Police dealt with the call and left the area.

Officers were called back to the same area less than two hours later around 12:15 a.m. to try to locate a wanted person.

According to authorities, officers found an occupied vehicle parked on Small Avenue. The suspect, later identified as 33-year-old Andrew Byrd, backed his vehicle into a police car before driving forward and hitting another parked car.

Police say Byrd aimed his car at the three officers. Two of the officers, identified as Neal Robinson and Officer Bernadette Lambert – then fired their weapons, fatally hitting him.

Officials say Robinson is a 10-year veteran and Lambert is a 9-year veteran.

Both officers remain on paid administrative leave at this time.

The incident has been turned over to the 10th Judicial District.

Byrd pleaded guilty in June to felony vehicular eluding stemming from a December 2015 offense in Pueblo County. He also pleaded guilty to the same charge in February 2012 stemming from an offense in October 2011.

 

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