Officer Shot By Gunman, Destroys Would-Be Killer In Gunfight

Convicted felon Michael Hensley was killed in the shootout with Pueblo police on Tuesday night.

Pueblo, CO – An armed parolee with a warrant out for his arrest was fatally shot during a gun battle with police on Tuesday night.

The incident occurred outside the Don Quixote Apartment complex on Acero Avenue at approximately 11:30 p.m., after two Pueblo police officers spotted a suspicious man carrying a backpack, The Pueblo Chieftain reported.

The suspect, later identified as 28-year-old convicted felon Michael Hensley, took off running when the officers stopped to question him.

The officers chased after him until Hensley suddenly stopped and began shooting at them, police said.

The officers immediately returned fire.

“I heard 20 to 30 gunshots over the course of a minute,” Don Quixote Apartments resident Chris Meese later told The Pueblo Chieftain. “It was kind of easy to tell there were multiple different weapons being fired, just because of the different tonality between the shots.”

Hensley was fatally shot by police during the shootout, and died at the scene, The Denver Post reported.

Neighbor Bill Genovese said he witnessed the gun battle from the window of his home, according to KPTV.

“The policeman was right in what he did,” Genovese said. “Why the guy didn’t stop, I don’t know…but if he would have just stopped, he wouldn’t have been dead today.”

One of the officers, a married father of a young child, suffered gunshot wounds to both of his legs.

He was rushed to a Colorado Springs hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery on Wednesday morning, The Pueblo Chieftain reported.

He is expected to survive his injuries, police said.

“The gunshot wounds caused extensive damage to the officer’s legs, and he is expected to be hospitalized for several weeks,” the Pueblo Police Department said in a news release, according to The Denver Post.

Pueblo Police Sergeant Frank Ortega struggled to hold back tears as he discussed the injuries his fellow officer suffered.

“I’m very frustrated that we are just trying to do our job, [and] people are trying to kill us for doing our job,” St. Ortega told KPTV. “I’m very grateful that he is still here…that we are there to support him.”

The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave while the Tenth Judicial Critical Incident Team investigates the shooting, as per protocol, The Pueblo Chieftain reported.

At the time of the fatal encounter, Hensley had an active warrant out for his arrest for absconding from parole.

He was previously convicted of two separate instances of felony menacing with a real or simulated weapon in both 2010 and 2015, and was also convicted of escape in 2012.

Comments (25)
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Goodguys
Goodguys

Thankful is alive and the parolee was put down. Wishing a full recovery for the officer and comfort for his family.

Saints
Saints

Not this particular case.. but others, why do chiefs, mayors, governors... make it so easy for criminals to get away with shooting at police officers?? In my book it should be an automatic death sentence.....

NotAlib
NotAlib

Obama's legacy the emboldened thug and the war on cops

stooge819
stooge819

“Why the guy didn’t stop, I don’t know…but if he would have just stopped, he wouldn’t have been dead today.”

Apply this simple statement to almost every OIS...

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Praying for the officers, their families both blood and blue. Stay safe.

Scattered
Scattered

Good he's dead. No sympathy for anyone that hurts or kills our LEO's. I wish the Officer Strength and Comfort and fast healing. God Bless you and thank you for your service.

Gramercy
Gramercy

For mental and physical healing, God bless our officers.

RPG156
RPG156

People say that prison isn't a deterent. He obviously didn't want to go back and was willing to die not to. However, it didn't keep him from continuing to commit crimes. Perhaps some criminals are truly habitual.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Now there's a witness who has a brain. Thank you Mr. Genovese.

ManBearPig
ManBearPig

Poor little Tink Tink ain't that a bitch

RoxC
RoxC

I personally blame obama and holder for planting the seeds that have grown into emboldening criminals to commit crimes and actually think it is their duty to kill LEO's every chance they get. Too bad we can't hold those useless two responsible.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Good for that piece if shit scumbag waste of skin and taxpayers money. To the officer: god speed and hoping for a speedy recovery, good job sir.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Nothing of value was lost here!! Glad the POS waste of oxygen was killed. Saved the tax payers a bunch of money. My prayers are with the LEO who was injured and his family!!

yelyana
yelyana

Prayers for the wounded officer that he heals quickly and without any complications. Prayers for the Pueblo Police Department, may they be protected by God's angels as they go about their job, and that they know that those who support them outnumber those that would make their jobs more difficult.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Thank God the suspect was white! Prayers for the officer and a complete recovery.

Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

Obombanation shoot 🔫 out leaving one less left voter.... It sucks when they started handing out voter slips in jail for felons. Demo any thing for a vote. BUILD THE WALL.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Thank God the officer survived....They know there are dangers in their jobs but still do it because of their courage!!!