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DENVER (CBS4) – The man shot and killed by Denver police officers near West High School last week had an Airsoft gun that was a replica of a Glock handgun, investigators said Wednesday. The man who was shot was later identified as Antonio Black Bear, 41.

Antonio Black Bear (credit: Black Bear family)

The shooting happened at the intersection of at West 10th Avenue and Inca Street on Wednesday, Sept.


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Police say multiple witnesses reported a man was waving a gun around and making threats. Officers arrived nine minutes later.

“When they saw him, he was standing in front of a vehicle that was parked eastbound on the south curb line. The subject was standing directly in front of that vehicle, he had his right arm raised and had a hand gun pointing directly at two occupants that were in the vehicle,” Matt Clark with DPD’s Major Crimes Unit said.

“The subject turned his attention towards the officers, who were to his east, and he began walking towards them with his right arm extended and a handgun pointed at the officers,” Clark said. “This gave an opportunity for the two individuals in the black vehicle that was parked to flee.”

“As the subject continued walking towards the officers with the handgun pointed the officers feared for their safety,” said Clark. “The subject had previously disregarded their commands. The officers both discharged their weapons and struck the suspect.”

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Black Bear was rushed to the hospital, where he died.

“The handgun that was recovered was an Airsoft gun, it’s a Glock 17 replica, it’s stamped with Glock insignia. It looks exactly like a functioning Glock 17 handgun would appear,” Clark said.

Clark said both people in the black vehicle believed it was a real firearm and said the suspect was trying to steal their car.

The two officers involved in this incident were both uniformed officers driving an unmarked police SUV and neither officer has been involved in a prior police shooting incident, Clark said.

Both officers will be on a modified duty status, per standard protocol.

The shooting investigation is being conducted by the Denver and Aurora police departments, as well as the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

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San Antonio Food Bank taking care of senior citizens

SAN ANTONIO – Senior citizens are the most vulnerable people to contract the coronavirus.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, tens of thousands of them have something else to worry about: hunger.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were about 75,000 seniors dealing with hunger in San Antonio. Since about March, that number has skyrocketed to more than 87,000.

Which is why Hunger Action Month, which is when people all over the United States stand together with the Feeding America network to fight hunger, is so important to seniors.

Thanks to the San Antonio Food Bank, people like San Antonio native Emma Ortega was able to take advantage of the help supplied by the community.

“Everybody needs help at one time or another,” Ortega said.

In April, Ortega was one of many residents who arrived at Food Bank distribution day at Traders Village. She was persuaded to go to the event by some of her neighbors. She decided to take advantage of the opportunity, not only for herself, but also for her neighbors.

“It helped me get stuff that I could help other people with, especially some of the older people that don’t get out," Ortega said.

It was not easy accepting that help.

Ortega was born and raised in San Antonio. Her family was poor but proud, so it took some reasoning with herself to make the trip. She decided that she could not only get food for herself and friends but maybe get the word out so loneliness is not another problem seniors have to fight.

“It is not about you, it is about them. What the Food Bank is doing, what the people who donate to the Food Bank are about,” Ortega said.

She also thinks back on her experience at Traders Village.

" Everybody was smiling. The volunteers were all smiling, saying, ‘Good morning how are you? Oh, we have great stuff for you," Ortega said. “It made me feel like you weren’t begging for something. It made me feel like they wanted to give you these things, and it didn’t make you feel less than anything.”

Ortega and the Food Bank have a message for San Antonio residents in need: They are here to help.

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