Two Denver officers cleared in fatal shooting of suspect

Two Denver police officers were justified in using deadly force in a police shooting that killed a man who had fired at the officers, according to a review by the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

On July 13, 26-year-old Michael Silletto fired five gunshots at two officers while they were in marked police cars, the DA’s office said in a Tuesday news release, and the officers returned fire.

After reviewing the case, the DA’s office finds that the actions of officers Clyde Carmody and Zachary Moldenhauer “was legally justified and no criminal charges will be filed against the officers.”

About 10:30 p.m. on July 13 officers responded to a 911 call about two armed men in an Audi at Federal Boulevard and West 8th Avenue, the release said. Officers arrived and the driver of the Audi drove off, stopping in a parking lot in the 4900 block of Washington Street, where a person got into the vehicle and shots were exchanged with police.

“The moment Michael Silletto raised his handgun to fire at the officers he placed them in imminent danger of being killed. When he fired, Silletto confirmed his intent to kill or injure them,” District Attorney Beth McCann stated in the release. “These officers followed their training. They were legally justified under Colorado law in returning fire and neither will face criminal charges.”

McCann will hold a virtual community meeting, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 24, to discuss the incident and her conclusions. The public can attend the virtual meeting at

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