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Loveland officer-involved shooting investigation continues

An officer-involved shooting occurred in Loveland Saturday night, according to a Dec. 4 press release from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

Following reports of a single-vehicle rollover crash shortly before midnight, a Loveland Police Department officer responded to an area of Highway 402 between South St. Louis Avenue and Boise Avenue.


According to the release, the car had come to rest on the driver’s side, and one adult male was inside the vehicle holding a pistol. 

The man did not comply with orders to drop the weapon and fired the gun. The officer then fired multiple times at the man. 

A second LPD officer arrived at the scene as shots were fired, but they did not fire their weapon. The officers involved have not yet been identified, and the LPD will do so when appropriate, according to the release.

The man, later identified as 40-year-old David Matthew Harper of Fort Collins, was pronounced dead at the scene. A forensic autopsy was conducted at the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.

According to the coroner’s report, it was concluded that the manner of death was suicide caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An investigation is being conducted by the Critical Incident Response Team led by the LCSO.

Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact Colorado State University Police Department Detective Sean Fitzpatrick at 970-517-3355.

Noah Pasley can be reached at or on Twitter @PasleyNoah.

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Noah Pasley, News Editor
Noah Pasley is a senior journalism and media communication major with a minor in English. He is excited to continue his career with The Collegian and spend more time focused on reporting on social issues as well as reporting on breaking news in the Colorado State University and Fort Collins communities. As news editor, Pasley is hoping to spend more time in the community following stories and uplifting student voices. When he isn’t writing, he’s usually hunkered down with a video game and a good playlist. As a senior, Pasley is very excited to get underway with the rest of his college experience. He is most interested in learning more about the world of film and video, which he also explores daily as the Tuesday night entertainment anchor over at CTV 11. Noah Pasley can be reached at or on Twitter @PasleyNoah.

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