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Lakewood Police Identify Man Shot in Confrontation with Officers

Lakewood Police have identified a man shot by officers yesterday morning as 31-year-old Alex Robert Martines (04-06-83). Martines has also been known to use the last name spelling “Martinez” at times.

At about 3:20 yesterday morning, a female acquaintance of Martines called 911 and told dispatchers she and Martines were involved in a domestic dispute while sitting in a vehicle outside the Wal-Mart at Colfax Ave. & Wadsworth Blvd. The female left the vehicle, went into the store and as police were responding, relayed information that Martines was in possession of a gun and was still in the vehicle, parked on the east side of the store.

When Police arrived they located Martines in the vehicle. After several commands to exit Martines did so, pulling a handgun from his waistband and pointing it at two officers. Both officers fired at Martines, striking him twice. Martines fell to the ground still in possession of the handgun. After refusing many commands to drop or let go of the weapon, officers used less than lethal ammunition or “bean bag” rounds to knock the weapon from Martines’ hand. He was placed in custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his wounds.

After he had been placed in custody and upon further inspection, it was discovered that Martines’ handgun was an Airsoft handgun. Airsoft weapons are extremely detailed replicas of actual weapons but fire a type of pellet.

Martines’ wounds were determined to be non-life threatening. He was treated and later released to detectives to be interviewed. Late yesterday Martines was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on four outstanding warrants. Added later were charges stemming from yesterday’s incident including felony menacing, domestic violence, third degree assault and harassment.

Martines will most likely make his first appearance in Jefferson County Court this morning at 10:00 am.
Posted on: Wednesday, May 07, 2014