A man was killed during a confrontation with a police officer that led to a shooting in suburban Denver, prompting the closure of a heavily-traveled interstate while the incident was investigated.

Thornton police said an unidentified man was taken to a hospital after the Monday morning altercation along Interstate 25. He was pronounced dead several hours later from unspecified injuries.

The Daily Sun-Up podcast | More episodes

The highway remained closed several hours after the shooting was reported by police at about 8 a.m.

Police said the investigation was in its early stages and released no further details. Thornton is a suburb of Denver with about 140,000 people.