When a peace officer shoots and wounds or kills a person in Colorado, a very specific protocol is followed to investigate and review the case. Officer-involved shootings are not just another case. Confrontations between the police and citizens where physical force or deadly physical force is used are among the most important events with which we deal. They deserve special attention and handling at all levels. They have potential criminal, administrative, and civil consequences. They can also have a significant impact on the relationship between law enforcement officers and the community they serve. It is important that a very specific and formal protocol be followed.
In the 7th Judicial District, a Critical Incident Investigation Team (CIIT) made up of trained law enforcement officers from agencies throughout the District investigates incidents when a peace officer, in the line of duty, uses deadly force against another person in the counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel. Once the investigation is complete, it is presented to the District Attorney for review and determination of whether any criminal charges should be filed in connection with the use of force. A summary report of this Office’s findings will be made public on this website. The information will be made available according to date and location of the incident.