The officer involved in the Nov. 1, 2019 officer-involved shooting at the Table Mesa Park-n-Ride is Sgt. Matt DeLaria with the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD). He has been an officer with CUPD for more than 20 years. DeLaria, who is a member of the Boulder Police Department SWAT team, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is consistent with department policy.
On Nov. 1, at approximately 3:15 p.m., Boulder police received a request to check on the welfare of a woman who lived in an apartment at 3267 30th St. Minutes after the request was made, the person who made the request called police back indicating that the husband was leaving the residence with two children, ages 6 and 12, and possibly armed with a gun. While other officers were searching for the suspect, Boulder police officers located a deceased female inside the apartment. It was determined that the woman had been murdered.
Law enforcement spotted the vehicle and followed it to the Table Mesa Park-n-Ride. The suspect was contacted on the top level of the parking structure with two children still inside a vehicle. Officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect for a prolonged period of time and were unsuccessful. DeLaria discharged his firearm at the suspect who then fell or jumped from the top story of the parking structure. The suspect was transported to Boulder Community Health where he was pronounced deceased. The children were rescued by police and were not physically harmed.
The Boulder County Critical Incident Team is investigating the officer-involved shooting. This team is made up of investigators from various law enforcement agencies throughout Boulder County. Pursuant to state law, Boulder County law enforcement agencies conduct a multi-agency investigation and review for any incident involving the discharge of a firearm by a peace officer that results in injury or death. Once the investigation is completed, it will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. Following the completion of the entire investigation, pursuant to section C.R.S. 16-2.5-301, the District Attorney’s Office will publicly announce the findings and decision.
The Boulder Police Department’s SWAT team includes members from the University of Colorado Police Department and medics from the Boulder Fire Department.
Investigators believe there are likely still witnesses who they have not talked with and are asking individuals who were in the area when the incident occurred to call Sergeant Matt Cage with the Longmont Police Department at 303-651-8520.