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Suspect dies after exchanging gunfire with Parker officers, police say

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A suspect was fatally shot during an exchange of gunfire with police officers the night of Nov. 4, according to the Parker Police Department.

The shooting happened shortly after 10 p.m. in the 10800 block of Twenty Mile Road in Parker and involved three officers, the department reported. The suspect, Michael Wayne Marin, of Montrose, was taken to a local hospital, but died from his injuries.

Police said a handgun belonging to Marin, 35, was found on scene.

Marin was a suspect in the robberies of three fast food restaurants that took place in October in Delta, Clifton and Grand Junction, according to a news release on the Mesa County Sheriff's Office's website. He also was suspected of stealing a vehicle in Clifton. The release said he was believed to be armed and dangerous.

According to Josh Hans, public information officer for the Parker Police Department, here's what happened the night of Nov. 4:

At 9:45 p.m., police were notified of a man knocking on doors at the Trailside Apartments complex, which is near the intersection of Mainstreet and Twenty Mile Road. Police responded and located the man, who was driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Mesa County.

Police spotted a mobile gun safe or lock box in the suspect's vehicle. The suspect and officers exchanged gunfire shortly after 10 p.m.

The three police officers, who were not injured, will be placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation of the shooting by the 18th Judicial District Critical Response Team.

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