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Michael Habay killed after wielding knife wearing "body armor," Boulder cops say

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Does the gear worn while dirt biking or taking part in paintball games qualify as "body armor"? That's among the assertions made by the Boulder Police Department in explaining the fatal shooting of Michael Habay, 42, by a BPD officer. And while an investigation of the events that led to Habay's death are under investigation, the info released by the department thus far comes across as an argument that the shoot was justified -- a sort of preemptive charm offensive accompanied by shots of the weapons the man had on him when he died.

The shooting took place on Sunday, November 24, with the narrative provided by the BPD getting underway at about 7:45 a.m. The location: 3009 Madison, in one unit of an apartment complex depicted in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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Officers were dispatched to apartment J208 of the complex following a phone call from the mother of Kirsten Stenseng, 41; she was concerned her daughter was in danger. Upon their arrival, however, Stenseng, who was waiting for the cops outside the apartment, assured them there was no problem between her and her boyfriend, Habay.

An attempt to contact Habay proved unsuccessful, and with Stenseng agreeing to leave the scene and the only possible offense the violation of a restraining order, the officers decided to move on. After all, the release notes, "The suspect could be charged with the restraining order violation at a later time."

Later came sooner than expected. At 12:30 p.m. that same day, a neighbor called the BPD with a report that Habay had been hollering and throwing things outside the apartment. In addition, Habay was said to have used to knife to stab a large wooden post outside the apartment, and the BPD notes that "the manner in which the suspect was yelling" led the caller to believe Stenseng was inside and at potential risk from her boyfriend.

With that, police personnel rushed to the scene again. But this time, Stenseng wasn't awaiting them outside the apartment, despite the presence of her gold Cadillac in the parking lot. So what's described as "an entry team of four officers" was quickly assembled, and after no one responded to their request to come inside, they made ready to break in -- at which point Habay could be seen allegedly running toward the door holding a knife in each of his hands.

Here's one photo of a knife recovered from the scene, as provided by the BPD....

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The BPD characterizes the outfit Habay wore like so: "a black t-shirt, khaki pants and body armor, the type one might wear for dirt bike riding or paint ball games. He had shoulder pads and a breast pad, elbow pads and shin guards on. He was also wearing furry Ugg boots."

Continue for more about the officer-involved shooting of Michael Habay, including another photo.


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18 comments
Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

Someone else mentioned holmes so I figured why not...why don't you go talk shit to them instead huh

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

WTF does Holmes have anything to do with this? Do you somehow get a hard-on each and every time you or someone else makes such a ridiculous comparison to the Aurora theater shootings?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

No, I am not trying to defend Holmes's actions. I am simply stating irrefutable fact. Habay resisted; Holmes surrendered. False equivalence fail. End of conversation. Now, back to playing Elder Scrolls, DWEEB.

Andrew Defenbaugh
Andrew Defenbaugh

I don't think you want to have this conversation with me... especially if your trying to defend the guy

_Hoosier_Daddy_
_Hoosier_Daddy_

This is the same Boulder Police that LIED and covered-up the unlawful killing 
of an elk ...

... imagine how far they'd go to cover-up the unlawful killing of a young man.

.

bradleyk
bradleyk

The Boulder police did not have a search or arrest warrant before they broke down this mentally ill man's door.  Did they have enough "evidence" for the officers to justify a "probable cause"? I honestly hope that this is something that will fairly be debated in the justice system. You also have to look at a series of corrupt and unethical events that have occurred within the Boulder County police department in the last few years.  I, myself, have experienced Boulder police officers breaking into my home without a search or arrest warrant. My charges were dropped, my case was handled behind doors, and the police officer apologized for his co-workers behavior. I, myself, have seen how unethical the Boulder County police can be and understand that the media usually republishes information that is directly from the police department (which inevitably will be biased). I also wanted to note that in my situation, the police officers also lied in their police report (I had a video that was able to counter what the police officers said). So in short it is quite possible that the Boulder Police "communications" team have an advantage in communicating that murdering a man was "justified".

hamiter
hamiter

Never bring a knife to a gun fight.....

Gabe Romero
Gabe Romero

Him wearing any kind of pads puts forth that he was not planning on cooperating with the police. Furthermore when someone is charging you with two knives you have the right to shoot him. pads or not.

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

wtf...ban body armor and Holmes to death already

Andrew Defenbaugh
Andrew Defenbaugh

so they'll shoot this guy...but james Holmes shouldent be put to death? stupid!

SheepleArePrettyDumb
SheepleArePrettyDumb

I just read about a 17 year old student who was tazed by two trigger happy homicidal maniacs inside his school for 'not obeying verbal commands'.....He is probably going to die.....He was also un-armed.....I didn't know the police have added 'ignoring' them to the list of offenses punishable by immediate death.....Cowards is an under-statement.....You asked for it, sheep.....You got it....Wait till it happens to one of your children.....Your sick, twisted, authoritarian worship will seem quite perverted as you watch your  child struggle for their lives on a  life support machine......Wake up, sheeple.....YOU have become the enemy....Whether you like it or not......

xyzabc
xyzabc

uncontrolled anger + restraining order + domestic violence + weapon(s) + protective gear + call for help + disobeying police officers + marijuana facebook bragging = dead dummy

HK416, settling armed disputes since 2005!!

Monkey
Monkey

"the assertions made by the Boulder Police Department" are lies to cover for their long time buddy. SWAT team leaders never get in trouble for murder, it's always recorded as justified homicide, no matter what really happened.

_Hoosier_Daddy_
_Hoosier_Daddy_

Trigger-happy Homicidal Cowardly Cops ... 

... exactly what a fearful society begs for ... and deserves.



xyzabc
xyzabc

Hey stupid. The last time a Boulder Police Officer was killed in the line of duty was responding to a domestic dispute in 1994.

Now if you live in Colorado, move back to INDIANA you hoosier cornpone!!

_Hoosier_Daddy_
_Hoosier_Daddy_

@xyzabc ... no one is forcing these trigger-happy cowards to work as cops.

If they can't handle the stress and danger of the job, then they can quit and find work as crab fishermen in Alaska.

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