Colorado man fires gun at police from home; When officers return fire, they fatally shoot his brother

A man who fired at police from his home in Colorado this week prompted officers to return fire, which resulted in his brother’s death, the affidavit said.

Police responded Sunday around 7:40 p.m. at the home of Phillip Blankenship, 29, in Englewood, a suburb of Denver, on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, according to Blankenship’s affidavit.

Blankenship’s mother called police and said her son was “drunk and causing a disturbance,” the affidavit said. She also said her son was suicidal and shot a gun inside the home, according to the affidavit.

Englewood Police Department is investigating a shooting in Englewood, Colorado.
Englewood Police Department is investigating a shooting in Englewood, Colorado.KUSA

When police arrived, Blankenship “shot a .380 handgun” at an officer standing behind a Nissan Pathfinder in the driveway of the home because “he wanted the police to kill him,” the affidavit said. Blankenship also fired multiple shots at a second officer, sources said.

Officials said no officers were injured.

Blankenship’s first shot hit the Pathfinder’s windshield, and other shots he fired hit a police vehicle, the affidavit said.

Police return fire resulted in the death of Blankenship’s 22-year-old brother, Matthew Mitchell, who was in a bedroom where Blankenship had barricaded himself, the affidavit said.

Blankenship spoke to detectives around 4:20 a.m. Monday, authorities said. He said before police were called to his home, he had an argument with his grandmother and told her he was suicidal, they said.

When she challenged him, according to the affidavit, he fired a .44 Magnum into a wall. He left the gun in the home’s basement before barricading himself in his bedroom, where he had access to the .380, the affidavit said.

Cars were parked in front of the home where a man fired a gun at police in Englewood, Colorado.
Cars were parked in front of the home where a man fired a gun at police in Englewood, Colorado.KUSA

Blankenship told detectives that he was the only person shooting at the police and that his brother had no part in shooting the officers, the affidavit said.

Mitchell “received gunshot wounds during an altercation with police,” the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office said in a statement. It directed other inquiries to Englandwood Police.

As of Wednesday, it was not clear if Blankenship had hired an attorney. He remained in jail on $200,000 bail in Arapahoe County as of Wednesday afternoon prison records. According to records, a court hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Englewood police could not be reached for comment Wednesday. According to statements about the shooting at the police station Facebook site“The officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with Department guidelines.”

Blankenship’s father, Phillip Blankenship Sr. of Golden, Colorado, said Wednesday his son and Mitchell are very close. Blankenship Sr. said that while he believes his son meant to harm himself, he didn’t want to hurt his younger sibling.

“There was never any intention of anyone getting hurt,” Blankenship Sr. said. “I’m very light-headed. I am very, very sad.”

He added that his son is on suicide watch in prison.

Blankenship Sr. said his son is a former firefighter who suffered trauma on the job. “For at least a couple of years he wasn’t happy mentally. He didn’t talk to me about it enough, even though I asked him to.”

NBC affiliates KUSA of Denver reported that the aftermath of Sunday’s shooting at Blankenship’s home was evident. Windows were broken and a garden fence was destroyed. The station also showed an image of what appeared to be a bullet hole in a squad car.

Helen Kwong contributed.

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