Colorado man’s death inspires push for police standards

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DENVER | A leading Colorado Senate Democrat has been working on legislation governing when police officers return to work after shooting someone on the job, inspired by the case of a Vietnam War veteran killed by police after defending his family from an intruder this summer.

The case has drawn ire about how police handled their chaotic encounter with Richard “Gary” Black. The 73-year-old had just fatally shot a man who attacked an 11-year-old boy after breaking into the Black’s home around 1:30 a.m.

The lingering questions include whether the officer who shot Black three times returned to work on the graveyard shift too soon after another shooting.

State Sen. Rhonda Fields, whose district includes Aurora, said she wants statewide requirements for evaluating when officers can return to work.