The Denver district attorney said there are no criminal charges for the two unidentified Colorado corrections officers who shot and killed an armed man in Denver in October.
On October 20, 2021, 38-year-old Aaron Lang was shot by officers from the Colorado Department of Corrections Fugitive Appreciation Unit in the 1000 block of South Parker Road. Lang was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Officers were serving an arrest warrant for Lang, who was wanted over an alleged parole violation.
Following an investigation, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann issued a “decision paper” on the police shooting on Wednesday and “concluded that no criminal charges are warranted,” according to a news release.
On the day of the shooting, Lang attempted to evade officers and their arrest, the release said. When confronted by officers, Lang refuses to put down his weapon and instead picks it up.
“After officers issued further orders that he release his weapon, Mr. Lang pulled up his weapon as if to point before being fatally shot,” McCann said. “Under these circumstances, these two DOC officers were justified in using lethal force.”
The decision letter, reviewing the shooting, was dated Wednesday and sent to Denver Police Chief Paul Pazhen and State Corrections Department executive director Dean Williams. In the letter, a public document, McCann described the officers as part of an “elite entity” and said that “disclosure of their identities would put them at risk.” In the letter they are referred to as DOC1 and DOC2.
McCann will present details about the shooting and discuss his findings during a virtual community meeting on Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m.