Man fatally shot by Denver police identified as Brandon Cole, 36,

A domestic violence suspect who was shot and killed by Denver police is identified Wednesday by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, as is a woman who was fatally shot in a separate incident.

Brandon Cole, 36, was taken to Denver Health Medical Center after being shot Saturday in the 2300 block of West Cedar Avenue, according to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner. Cole died of a gunshot wound and his manner death is a homicide.

The shooting happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday after people called 911 to report a man assaulting a woman and a child in the area, police said earlier. The woman was pushed out of a wheelchair and when officers arrived they found her on the ground and a man, now identified as Cole, nearby.

Cole approached officers in a “very aggressive manner,” DPD Chief Ron Thomas said at a Saturday night news conference. A Taser was used on Cole, but it did not stop his advance, and he was shot by a second officer.

Cole was not armed at the time of the incident. A police shooting investigation is ongoing.

Fatal shooting near S. Federal Blvd. and W. Ohio Ave.

Shayna Johnson, 43, was fatally shot on Aug. 2 in the 3100 block of West Ohio Avenue, the medical examiner’s office said. Her manner of death is a homicide.

A suspect, Donte Ellis, has been charged with first-degree murder, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and felony menacing, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office. He has an advisement hearing scheduled Thursday.


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