Police department identifies officer injured in Pueblo shooting


The Pueblo Police Department has identified the officer who was shot while contacting a suspicious person at an apartment complex last week. 

The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. April 9  near the entrance of Don Quixote Apartments on Acero Avenue. Police said officers were contacting a suspicious person, identified as 28-year-old Michael Wray Hensley, when he ran away. As the officers chased him, he pulled out a gun and shot at them, according to police. Both of the officers returned fire, killing Hensley. 

Officer Jonathan Bell was seriously injured when Hensley shot him in the legs, according to police. Bell is no longer in the intensive care unit, but “is expected to be hospitalized for the foreseeable future,” the police department said Wednesday.

Bell has been with the Pueblo Police Department since September 2017. 

The other officer who fired shots, Officer Julee Burns, has been with the department since February 2018. 

Both officers are on administrative leave. 

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