BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was shot to death by police when he refused to drop a large machete after threatening someone at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
The Boulder County Coroner’s Office identified the man Thursday night as 28-year-old Brandon Simmons, of Thornton.
Investigators say Simmons brandished the machete during an altercation in the parking lot of a sports complex Wednesday and then went inside the building, where a staff member called 911.
Two officers, one from the university and one from the city, fired shots after confronting the man in a stairwell and ordering him to drop the weapon.
Hours after the shooting, police responded to a report of an active shooter at the student union and concluded it was false.
Simmons left the Marine Corps in May of this year. He had been an active Marine since 2006.