Pueblo police say they shot at a child, who then escaped the scene

Pueblo police reported Thursday that officers fired shots at a child after homeowners reported the child, whom they did not recognize, was armed and ringing their doorbell.

None of the shots connected, police said, and no one was hurt. Police made no arrests.

The incident occurred around 10 p.m. in the 400 block of Goodnight Avenue. Police had been called out to check on two males ringing a doorbell, and one of them having a gun.

In a news release, Pueblo police described what followed: “Officers arrived and contacted a male in a dark hoody on the side of the house who was armed. Shots were fired and the male retreated to the backyard. Officers located the suspect hiding in the backyard. The suspect was later identified as a juvenile.”

In a follow-up call, Pueblo Sgt. Franklyn Ortega said the person got away. Asked why police shot at the child, Ortega said, “I would guess because they felt threatened or they feared for their life, but they’re gonna talk to them and figure that out.”

The department says it’s investigating what happened and that the officers in the case have been placed on administrative leave, in keeping with the department’s standard protocol. The police have not identified those officers by name.

“We’re trying to determine the circumstances of how everything played out,” Ortega said.

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