BODYCAM: Man Fatally Shot After Pointing Gun at Deputies

The 61-year-old allegedly had 2 outstanding warrants at the time of the traffic stop

By Calibre Press  |   Sep 25, 2018

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Video released by the Douglas County (Colo.) Sheriff’s Office shows a man opening a car door and pointing a handgun at deputies during an Aug. 31 incident.

All three deputies on the scene shot and killed the man.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock released the video and images during a news conference on Monday.

Spurlock said deputies pulled over the vehicle for a traffic violation on Highway 85 just north of Delva Road in Sedalia.

During the stop, deputies were trying to figure out if a passenger had a restraining order against the driver.

According to deputies, when they asked Paul Askins for his name and date of birth, he gave different names and birthdays.

Deputies asked Askins to step out of the vehicle. When he did, body camera video shows he had a handgun pointed at the deputies. All three deputies shot and killed Askins.

“This is how he engaged us,” Spurlock said.

An investigation into Askins after the shooting showed he had multiple felony warrants out of El Paso County as well as an extensive criminal history.

None of the deputies or other passengers in the vehicle were injured in the incident.

The sheriff’s office did not release the names of the deputies, citing the ongoing investigation.

Spurlock said one deputy has served with Douglas County for two years, another for eight years and the third for 16 years.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.

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