Man killed by Englewood police was brother of suspect who fired at officers, affidavit says


The man killed during a shootout with Englewood police over the weekend was the brother of the person firing at officers and did not shoot at police himself, according to an arrest affidavit released Tuesday.

Matthew Neal Mitchell, 22, was shot by officers who returned fire into a home in the 5000 block of South Grove Street on Sunday night. Mitchell died of gunshot wounds suffered “during a police altercation,” according to the Arapahoe County coroner.

Police arrested his brother, Phillip Loren Blankenship, 29, on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder following the shooting.

At about 7:40 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to the home on a report of an armed man, identified as Blankenship, who was described as intoxicated and suicidal. Kimberly Mitchell, Blankenship’s mother, had called police and said that he had fired a gun inside the home.

Officers made commands for Blankenship to come out of the home. “Give me a minute,” was a reply from inside, according to the affidavit. Officer Trey Sammon was taking cover behind an SUV in the driveway when Blankenship fired a shot through the living room window, the court document said. Sammon was not injured.

Officer Aaron Jarrett, who was north of the house across the street, also took gunfire from inside the home and his vehicle was hit. That’s when officers returned fire, according to the affidavit.


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