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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Officers shoot, kill suspect in child porn case

10-28-2011 Colorado:

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have shot and killed a man in Greeley after a meeting at a hotel to exchange child pornography went bad.

Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner told the Greeley Tribune that federal officials on a child pornography case had arranged the meeting Friday afternoon and asked Garner's department for assistance because they knew the suspect would be armed.

He says officers shot the suspect after he allegedly touched his gun. Greeley police Sgt. Joe Tymkowych says it wasn't immediately known which agency shot the suspect.

The Tribune reports Greeley police SWAT team members and agents with the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations were at the scene. ..Source.. by

Police: Man shot by officers in child porn sting was Johnstown resident

10-29-2011 Colorado:

Police have identified the suspect in an undercover child porn sting who was shot to death by Greeley police Friday as a Johnstown resident.

The man, Jason Paul Collins, 30, was shot and killed after he reached for what police believed to be a gun during a planned meeting with police at which they were supposed to exchange child pornography. Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said an investigation revealed that the man did not have a firearm but instead reached for a BB or pellet gun fashioned to look like a real gun, known as a replica gun.

“He had also previously told undercover agents specifically that this weapon was real,” Tymkowych said. “He also had told them that he was not going to return to prison.”

The Greeley police SWAT team joined agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations about 4 p.m. Friday in a planned meeting with the suspect. The meeting was on the second floor of the Fairfield Inn, 2401 29th St., just off the U.S. 34 Bypass in Greeley. Tymkowych confirmed that two Greeley officers fired at Collins when he reached for the weapon, but he would not say whether the officers were SWAT officers. He said police are still investigating to determine the exact details of the case. Greeley police were at the scene to assist the ICE agents.

Greeley police chief Jerry Garner said in a statement that early information indicates officers acted appropriately in the shooting.

“The preliminary indications are that procedurally our officers did exactly what they were supposed to do,” he said. “I am extremely proud of our people.”

The Weld District Attorney’s Office will conduct a legal review of the shooting, while the police department will conduct a parallel inquiry to ascertain whether the department’s policies were followed, Tymkowych said.

Tymkowych said ICE Homeland Security Investigations agents conducted an investigation in this case after developing leads as part of routine Internet surveillance for their Homeland Security operations. He said ICE agents routinely conduct such investigations while working with local jurisdictions.

At the scene Friday, police accompanied a tow-truck driver to tow a blue Honda Civic. The scene drew the top officials from the Greeley police and Weld District Attorney’s Office to investigate. Garner, Capt. Jack Statler, Lt. Brad Goldschmidt, Capt. Juan Cruz, city attorney Rick Brady, Weld District Attorney Ken Buck, Assistant District Attorney Michael Rourke and DA investigator Keith Olson all showed up. All left without comment.

Crime scene investigators remained on scene until after 6 p.m. Friday, blocking off much of the second floor of the hotel.

Tymkowych said the investigation is ongoing. ..Source.. by Nate A. Miller

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