Man killed by Englewood police was gunman's brother, not shooter, affidavit says

Incident began when mother called about intoxicated son who she said was suicidal

Robert Tann
rtann@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/26/22

A 22-year-old man who was shot and killed by Englewood police July 24 had not fired at the officers, according to an arrest affidavit for the victim's brother, who is accused of shooting at police and who was taken into custody.

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Man killed by Englewood police was gunman's brother, not shooter, affidavit says

Incident began when mother called about intoxicated son who she said was suicidal

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Editor's note: This article mentions suicide. 

A 22-year-old man who was shot and killed by Englewood police July 24 had not fired at the officers, according to an arrest affidavit for the victim's brother, who is the one accused of shooting at police and who was taken into custody.

According to the affidavit, obtained by Colorado Community Media, the shooter — 29-year-old Phillip L. Blankenship — was suicidal and "wanted the police to kill him." 

The affidavit says officers were sent to investigate a call at a home at 5007 S. Grove St. in southwest Englewood at about 7:39 p.m. July 24.

Blankenship's mother, Kimberly Mitchell, called police because her son was intoxicated and causing a disturbance, according to the affidavit. 

Mitchell told police that her son was suicidal and shot a gun inside the home, according to the affidavit. 

After arriving at the home, police set up a perimeter and made "loud commands" for Blankenship to exit the home, the affidavit says.

A man was heard saying "give me a minute," before Blankenship fired a shot from the front living room window at officer Trey Sammon, who was covering behind a car parked in the driveway, the affidavit says.

A round from Blankenship's gun hit the upper corner of the driver side of the car's windshield and Sammon fell to the ground but was not injured, according to the affidavit.

Blankenship fired more shots at another officer, Aaron Jarret, according to the affidavit, and officers began shooting back. Gunfire hit Blankenship's brother, Matthew Neal Mitchell, who was inside a barricaded bedroom with Blankenship and who did not fire at officers.

Blankenship exited the house and was arrested, according to the affidavit, and was booked into an Arapahoe County jail for criminal attempted first-degree murder. No officers were injured in the incident. 

Before speaking with detectives July 25, Blankenship asked about his brother's condition. He told detectives he last saw his brother "on the ground bleeding to death and unable to speak," according to the affidavit.

He told investigators he was the only person shooting at officers and that his brother did not fire a single shot. 

Englewood police had not clarified who was shooting at them when they first released a brief statement on social media July 24 about an "officer-involved shooting" in the area.

On July 25, police said they had shot and killed a 22-year-old during the incident but still would not say whether he was the one shooting at police. When reached for comment, Investigator Scott Allen said any additional information would come from the 18th Judicial District which has opened an investigation.

The officers who fired shots are currently on administrative leave, according to the police department.

Eric Ross, spokesperson for the 18th Judicial District, said the district is "very early in the investigation, and we are still working through reviewing all the facts and evidence."

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