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UPDATE: Suspect dies after police shooting in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - A suspect who ran away from police in a stolen car was shot by an officer when he approached a gas station in Colorado Springs armed with a rifle Thursday morning.

An update from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at about 5 p.m. Thursday reported that the suspect died from his injuries.

KRDO crews on scene said the El Paso County Sheriff's Office was at a location near the Phillips 66 station along with Colorado Springs police.

According to police, an officer tried to pull over a stolen vehicle in the parking lot behind a Quality Inn & Suites on Garden of the Gods Road when the suspect took off and then got stuck on a curb. This happened at about 6:30 a.m.

CSPD says the suspect, who hasn't been identified yet, then got out of his car with an AR-15 style rifle pointed against his chin. Police say he began walking toward the Phillips 66 gas station and started walking toward a person filling their car up with gas.

Officers say they gave him commands to drop the weapon, and one officer fired a Taser stun gun when the suspect approached the innocent bystander. CSPD reported that the stun gun "was unsuccessful" and an officer used his rifle to shoot the suspect "at least one time."

CSPD says the suspect was taken to the hospital. EPCSO said in the afternoon that he succumbed to his injuries.

According to CSPD, the officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation.

Under new state law, we're expecting CSPD to release body camera video of the incident in the near future.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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24 Comments

  1. That’s turning into a lovely area. Can’t wait for those new apartments to be built.

  2. Making cars harder to steal would go a long way to reducing crime in this country.

    1. A lot of that responsibility lies with owners who leave their vehicles unlocked . . .
      .
      But most of the time, vehicular thefts are not crimes of violence (there are of course exceptions). But typically it’s when you add weapons into the equation that things go bad.

    2. Cars are already much harder to steal but that only works for new cars.
      For years now the most stolen cars have been older Hondas which don’t have the newer anti theft technology. Eventually the older tech will age out but it takes time.

  3. Please please if the guy is black do not mention that ,cause if you do the city will be gone

    1. We know he’s whitè cause they tased him first and he’s still alive. If he were black they would have kílléd him when he got out the car.

    2. When black teen De’Von Bailey, 19, was shot dead by 2 Co Springs cops back in 2019, the city seemed to have survived. De’Von Bailey was shot in the back multiple times.

    3. Big difference between shooting someone holding a rifle and kneeling on someone for 9 minutes that are already in handcuffs.

  4. The video(s) do not lie.
    The bill requires all local law enforcement agencies to issue
    body-worn cameras to their officers and requires all recordings of an
    incident be released to the public within 14 days after the incident. Peace
    officers shall wear and activate a body-worn camera at any time when
    interacting with the public.

    1. 1:22 CSPD at their finest, as i said before this video was released, The video(s) do not lie.

      1. Also remember the CSPD officer that had to shoot him was using his long rifle, the only person around the suspect carrying a long rifle is also kicking him. May have been a good shoot but it is too early to tell and this video has not been released yet, but this is certainly not a cherry on the top with his unapproved arrest control foot techniques.

        1. What do you want to bet that boot to head / shoulders technique was not included in the 4 other officers reports, to cover for him as well.

          1. Not that the board has the ability to do anything but let’s see if the “Law Enforcement Transparency and Accountability Commission” gets to provide the public with transparency about these actions. Will be interesting to see that KRDO article in the next 13 days.

          2. Unless CSPD hands out another “kill ’em all” slap on the hand punishment.

  5. Perhaps the City of Colorado Springs can build another homeless mission/shelter in that area since the all the camping sites along the I-25 and Fountain Creek are taken. Seen our Mayor lately? He’s growing a pretty splotchy beard himself. Maybe he’s going to infiltrate the homeless and film an episode of “Undercover Boss”.

    1. “Undercover sellout”.

      I expected much, much more from the guy.

      Great job on housing costs Mr. Mayor. #fail

  6. Attention criminals: if you don’t want to risk getting shot or killed, don’t be a criminal. Affordable housing? That is not the city’s responsibility. Talk to the land lords around here who proudly own 3,6,10 rental houses or 2,3 fourplexes. Or the california investors that came here 2-3 years ago and bought out apartment complexes and then hacked up the rent because “that’s what we charge in california”. go ask THEM to provide affordable housing. good luck.

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