Evan Bynum ID'd as man killed by deputies in bizarre King Soopers shooting incident
The man killed by Jeffco deputies in a strange Saturday incident has been identified as Evan Bynum, forty, a man whose online imprint offers few clues about the way his life would end.
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Read on for details about his background, as well as information from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office about the events that led to gunfire and death.
According to JCSO spokeswoman Jacki Kelley, deputies were called to the King Soopers at 9800 West Belleview Avenue around 9:15 p.m. on Saturday. "People in the store indicated that he had a weapon in his back pocket," she says. In addition, the man later ID'd as Bynum was said to be talking to himself in a way that made the original caller nervous.
Upon their arrival, the responders located Bynum, but decided against approaching him in the store. Instead, Kelley says, "one deputy went in and kept an eye on him and the others stayed outside."
The scene of the shooting, from a 7News report.
Upon Bynum's exit from the store, Kelley goes on, "he pulled his weapon -- and there was an exchange of gunfire between deputies and the suspect," with Bynum being hit. He was subsequently transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
By the way, a second weapon -- a handgun -- was found on Bynum's person after he was felled.
In all, three deputies fired their guns. They're currently on paid administrative leave pending a report from an investigatory unit known informally as the "shoot team" -- standard procedure after such matters, Kelley stresses.
At the time we spoke with Kelley, she didn't know if Bynum had a concealed carry permit that would have authorized him to carry the weapons legally. Neither did she have information about any prior criminal history. The shoot team will be exploring those questions, she said, plus at least one more: Why did Bynum react as he did?
Answers are tough to come by online.
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