Larimer deputy cleared in shoot­ing

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jeff Stahla

A Larimer County Sher­iff’s deputy has been cleared for his role in the June 30 shoot­ing death of a sus­pect.

De­tails of the June 30 in­ci­dent be­tween Fort Collins and Love­land, as well as the pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters law en­force­ment of­fi­cers had with the vic­tim, 23-year-old Chet Knup­pel, were re­leased by Larimer County dis­trict at­tor­ney Cliff Riedel in an eight-page rul­ing Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Knup­pel died from a sin­gle gun­shot fired by Larimer County Sher­iff’s deputy Derek Sig­norelli, who was us­ing an AR-15 ri­fle at a dis­tance of about 25 yards.

Knup­pel was one of three sus­pects killed by Larimer County law en­force­ment of­fi­cers in June. The of­fi­cers in the two other cases also were cleared by Riedel.

The re­port out­lines the chaos that led to up to the shoot­ing — Knup­pel had re­port­edly crashed a car stolen from his par­ents and then at­tempted to car­jack an­other ve­hi­cle from an el­derly cou­ple, threat­en­ing them with a hand­gun he did not have in his pos­ses­sion.

Knup­pel had been known to law en­force­ment of­fi­cials be­cause of pre­vi­ous in­ter­ac­tions with agen­cies in Fort Collins, Riedel’s re­port stated.

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