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Man killed in officer-involved shooting identified as Fort Carson soldier

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Sgt. Virgill Thorpe. Photo courtesy U.S. Army.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - The man who was shot and killed by Colorado Springs police officers Sunday has been identified as a Fort Carson soldier.

Sgt. Virgill Thrope, 28, was a Cavalry Scout with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. He joined the Army in 2012 and had been stationed at the Mountain Post since 2016. He was deployed to Afghanistan through much of 2013. During his time in the Army he received multiple awards, including the Army Commendation and Achievement Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, and the NATO Service Medal.

Thorpe was shot Sunday night on the 3200 block of Oak Creek Dr. East. A woman called police for a reported domestic incident and said a man was armed with a rifle. Four officers responded to the call just after 10 p.m., and when they tried to talk to him, investigators say Thorpe ran inside a home and grabbed a rifle. The officers opened fire when he allegedly pointed the weapon at them.

Thorpe was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The four officers have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with Colorado Springs Police Department policy. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is now handling the investigation.

In a statement sent to KRDO, 3rd Armored Brigade commander Col. Grant S. Fawcett said "[t]he Iron Brigade is deeply saddened by the loss of Sgt. Virgill Thorpe. Sgt. Thorpe was a tremendous leader and teammate, and his tragic passing is felt throughout the formation. We will continue to focus on supporting his family through this difficult time."

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Richelle Stephens



      1. What a heartless blanket statement. Sgt. Thorpe had excelled at being a soldier and it most certainly is a tragedy that we lost such an exemplary man due to suicide by cop. Something truly horrific happened to him for him to see no other way in his life. My heart goes out to his family.

        1. Why this war, why so many suicides the king point out, two major factors, 1) unjust war, 2) big pharma made a deal with the D.O.D, in which big pharma was passing out pills like the band of Brothers were handing out chocolate bars in ww2
          Those two never mix well

  1. Wonder what stressors pushed him to do something like running inside and grabbing a rifle when the cops were there? PTSD? Having his career threatened over an argument?
    The Army likes to talk supporting the soldier, but often times they have trouble letting soldier X go see his therapist every Tuesday morning when he could be checking antenna tension or removing rust from the hubs on his Stryker.

  2. What happened to you soldier? I am sure it was something horrible and had you twisted up for you to get yourself in trouble this way. I wish you could have talked to someone or gotten the right help in time. Thank you for your service and for what was, and always will be, an exemplary life. I know you were hurting and I am sure those officers will forgive you for forcing their hand. I hope you are at great peace now. Much love and respect.

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