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Man Fatally Shot by Police Was Waving 'Replica' Gun

The Denver Post via YellowBrix

August 03, 2010

DENVER – A gun brandished by a man who was fatally shot by Denver officers over the weekend was a replica of a real weapon, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said Monday.

Also today, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner identified the man as 62-year-old Alfred Vigil.

Vigil was shot Sunday just before 3 p.m. in the 4900 block of Morrison Road after officers were called there on a report of a suicidal party, Jackson said.

Police said four officers encountered an armed Vigil, who refused commands to put down his gun and who appeared to raise the weapon at the officers.

Vigil was pronounced dead at Denver Health Medical Center at 3:40 p.m., the coroner’s office said.

Jackson said the gun Vigil carried Sunday closely resembled a .22 caliber handgun.

“He was a really nice person,” said 18-year-old Karla Sainz, who lives a few doors down.

Sainz, who is pregnant, said Vigil always asked about the baby and whether he could help her in anyway.

“We shared meals together,” Sainz said. “We are really going to miss him.”

Arthur Chavez, 71, said he and Vigil were good friends.

Chavez said he heard police yell, “Drop the weapon!”

Chavez didn’t hear what, if anything, Vigil said to officers.

Chavez said Vigil owned a pellet gun but he doesn’t know why Vigil would have armed himself on Sunday.

“He was a friend of mine,” Chavez said. “He was like a son.”

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