Police fatally shot a man in Denver while the victim held a knife to his own throat.
Reports say the man lunged towards two officers. That move justified the shooting.
Apparently Paul Castaway was under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol when he caused a disturbance. Police were called.
The fatal shooting was captured by a security video camera.
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Newly released details and video reveal the moment Denver police officers decided they had to pull the trigger and shoot a man who was holding a knife to his own neck. Those officers will not be charged with any wrongdoing in the incident, Denver's District Attorney decided Monday.
The video comes from surveillance cameras from an office and laundry facility in the middle Capital City Mobile Home Park in Denver where the July 12 shooting occurred.The video recovered from one of those cameras on the building at 4501 W. Kentucky Avenue was reviewed by the DA in his consideration of the case.
Prior to the incident, the DA's report finds Paul Castaway had broken into his mother's home. She was babysitting her grandchildren and believed he was drunk, high or both.
Castaway was armed with a knife, "poked" his mother in the neck and broke some items before running away when another family member arrived. His mother called 911 and explained he was suicidal and armed with a knife.
Castaway was later spotted by his mother, as police officers escorted her back to her home. The police could see he had a knife with a wooden handle and chased him.
The street was crowded with several children playing and a young girl taking out the trash. As Castaway approaches them, with the officers behind him, the kids scatter and run away.
Video shows Castaway running and crouching behind a wooden fence, raising the knife to his own neck and then standing to walk toward the officers. As he advances the officers back up slowly, until Castaway is only a few feet away.
"In this case, Castaway’s decision to turn, confront the officers and deliberately advance toward Officer (Michael) Truadt, knife in hand, rather than complying with his orders, compelled Officer Traudt to shoot," DA Mitch Morrissey wrote in the letter explaining his decision.
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