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Thornton, Colorado — Newly released body-camera footage shows the fatal shooting of 33-year-old Lucas Antonio Salas, who died in an exchange of gunfire on a golf course in Thornton with the Northglenn and Thornton police departments. Salas, who was wanted on an arrest warrant for a parole violation, eluded officers who attempted to take him into custody, investigators said. Fleeing an apartment complex in Northglenn, Salas drove off road and through a fence to avoid capture. He fired a gun at Northglenn officer Joshua Moreau’s police car in the area of East 120th Avenue and Washington Street during a police chase.
Police pursuit continued and Salas ran the 2003 Nissan sedan he was driving into a ditch near the golf course at East 136th Avenue and Washington. Salas fled the crash on foot, onto the golf course, with officers pursuing him. Other people who were in the vehicle remained inside it. Officers chased down Salas, yelling commands for him to stop, according to the review. When they got close Salas drew a gun and fired. Thornton officer Mikal Timm and Northglenn officer Charles Festi “returned fire,” striking Salas. He was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. No officers were injured. A .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun was found near Salas. He fired one shot on the golf course. The district attorney’s office announced that the officers involved in the shooting will not be charged.
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0:00 – Bodycam: Officer Moreau
3:19 – Bodycam: Officer Timm
5:02 – Bodycam: Officer Festi