Residents frightened by officer-involved shootings

POSTED: 01:50 PM MST Jan 01, 2013 
PUEBLO, Colo. -

The two officer-involved shootings in Pueblo on New Year's Day shocked residents and people who work in the area.

It was a frightening start to 2013 for Grant Franco. His home sits on the intersection of Craig St. And East Eight St, feet away from where a suspect shot a police officer in the shoulder early Tuesday morning.

"I just heard a bunch of shots fired and a big crash," he said. "I thought it was fireworks or something."

Franco said he had just returned home from a New Year's celebration and never expected this incident to take place right outside his home. Even more unexpected, a man, possibly a suspect, knocked on his door.

"I turned off the lights, I put curtains and stuff on my windows, and I called the cops immediately," Franco said.

Police blocked off several blocks near Craig St. And East Eight St., as well as the intersection of Highway 50 and Elizabeth, where the second officer-involved shooting happened.

Gilbert Rivera needed to get to his workplace, located in an area blocked off by yellow tape. He said while he hoped to get to his job soon, there were bigger concerns.

"It'll be OK if the officer is OK," he said.

One police officer was shot in the shoulder early Tuesday morning. Police had been chasing a suspicious car, before it crashed. Some of the vehicle's occupants ran out, and one of them shot the officer.

One detective later shot and killed a man fitting the description of the shooter in the first incident, when he refused to follow commands. Police haven't confirmed if the deceased man was in fact the shooter.