Officer Involved Shooting Investigations & Decision Letters

When a peace officer shoots and wounds or kills a person in Denver, Colorado, a very specific protocol is followed to investigate and review the case.  See C.R.S. §16-2.5-301.

Denver District Attorney’s Office Officer-Involved Shooting Protocol

If criminal charges are not filed, a decision letter describing the shooting is issued and provided to the public.

The letter summarizes the District Attorney’s legal review of the shooting and is independent of the administrative investigation and review.

After the decision letter is issued, the Denver District Attorney may make the DA's copy of the case file open for in-person review, by appointment, in the District Attorney's office by any interested person.

The file cannot be made available for review if criminal charges are filed or if the case has been presented to the Grand Jury.

If criminal charges are filed the case file then becomes a criminal justice record and the release of information is governed by the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act.

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