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Three Denver police officers cleared in fatal shooting of armed suspect on East Colfax.

Three Denver police officers cleared in fatal shooting of armed suspect on East Colfax.


Three Denver police officers have been cleared of any criminal charges in the April shooting death of an armed man behind the wheel of a car on East Colfax Avenue during the afternoon rush hour.

Officers Blake Bishop, Andrew Nielsen and Keith Valentine were cleared Thursday by the Denver district attorney’s office, according to an investigative review.

The shooting happened about 5 p.m. April 25 on Colfax near the intersection of Quebec Street.

The man who was fatally shot, 36-year-old Charles Baxter Boeh, was a fugitive — a bank and aggravated robbery suspect in Colorado and other states. Officers looking for Boeh had spotted him driving an Audi convertible west on Colfax near Ulster. A patrol car pulled up behind the Audi when it stopped for a light at Quebec. Other officers were in the immediate area as well.

When the patrol car’s flashing lights illuminated, Boeh tried to drive his Audi between cars stopped at the light in front of him, ramming and damaging those vehicles. Boeh also brandished a firearm, and the three officers opened fire. Boeh, who was shot 16 times, died at  the scene, behind the wheel of the Audi.

A woman in the Audi with Boeh was not injured. She told investigators that as Boeh slammed on the gas pedal to ram his way out of traffic Boeh said, “I’m dying today!”

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