Larimer deputy cleared in shooting
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.