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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.”

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    For those who posted the comment, "Good shot"; I hope that a tragedy like this never happens to a family member or someone dear to you. This was a man who was my brother in law for 23 years and in that time he taught me a great deal about being kind to others, patience, honor, and pride. We were not lucky enough to be born on the wealthy side of the tacks but he taught me you can be rich no matter how little one has. I am thankful my life took me to a place where the struggle to just function was lessoned, but always remember the road I traveled. Through a divorce I lost touch with him over the years, but ran into him some months back and he was obviously bogged down with troubles; he looked weary and spent. But that kindness and genuine sincerity within his heart were not touched by whatever struggles he was going through. I pray for his family, the police officers who were forced to make that fatal decision, and the friends who were blessed to have him in their lives.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Maybe some follow-up investigation can reveal why he did this. Just glad no one else was hurt, too !!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Sad story! I don't have too much sympathy for the dead guy though. I almost shot a ten year old, thirty years ago when I was a rookie. He had a little blank pistol. He would run out of his apt, shoot a few caps, run back inside and after responding units left he would do it again. About the fourth time someone spotted him and we were there too. The rest was almost really sad..... Oddly enough it was about this time of the year too.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    In reading the story my mind tells me suicide by cop,or the guy was just a dumb ass.

  • Thinker_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Sad all the way around...

  • Ribbon_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Good shoot............

  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Take no chances even with fakes. We dont have time to tell. Especially with these airsoft "replicas" even barring actual gun maker approved logos and markings

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    good shoot...hope the officers slept well the night after

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump Robocop33

  • 1979_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Suicide by cop. People like this should at least have the damn guts to do it themselves and leave our brothers out of it.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    about 4 years ago


    It's always grieving when people get Officers into situations like this. I'm thankful no Officers were hurt.

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