Man shot by officer outside Lakewood apartments

A Lakewood police officer shot a man Wednesday night who he reported had a gun, police spokesman Chris Lawler said.

The man shot was alert and talking on the way to the hospital, Lawler said. His condition was not immediately available.

Lawler gave this account of what happened:

The officer responded by himself to a report of a suicidal man just after 7:30 p.m. at apartments in the 8100 block of 83rd Avenue Southwest. The person who called 911 said the man was going to get a gun.

As the policeman waited in the parking lot of the apartments for other officers, he was confronted by the man, and said on the radio that the person had a gun and shots were fired.

The officer shot the man at least once in the abdomen.

A firearm was found near the man at the scene.

There were no witnesses, which means investigators didn’t immediately have further information about what happened.

The department would know more, including if the man fired or pointed the weapon at the officer, when police finished investigating the scene and the officer had been interviewed, police said.

The 41-year-old officer has been with the department for 10 years, and in law enforcement for more than 13. He was put on administrative leave, per procedure.