One deputy killed, three law enforcement officers wounded in Colorado Springs
One civilian was also wounded in the shooting; the gunman has been killed.
An El Paso County sheriff’s deputy was killed on Monday and three other law enforcement officers were wounded while trying to detain a car theft suspect in east Colorado Springs, authorities said. The male gunman was also killed, and a civilian was wounded in the shooting.
Monday’s shooting marked the third law enforcement fatality along the Front Range since Dec. 31, and four other deputies have been wounded. Sheriff’s deputies in Adams and Douglas County have been shot to death in the line of duty in recent weeks. Jeff Pelle, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy who was among those wounded in an ambush on Dec. 31, tweeted a simple message on Monday: “Enough.”
El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was killed on what was his 11th anniversary at the sheriff’s office. He is survived by a wife and 7-year-old twins. Two other sheriff’s deputies were wounded, but Elder did not disclose their conditions.
Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey said a police officer was wounded in the struggle with the suspect. The officer is in surgery and is in stable condition, the chief said at a joint briefing with Elder. The suspect’s name has not been released, and authorities said there are no other suspects.
Colorado Springs police officers and sheriff’s deputies rushed to the Murray Hill Apartments, near North Murray Boulevard and Galley Road east of The Citadel Mall, shortly after the shooting at about 4 p.m. Monday.
The Gazette reported that dozens of police and sheriff’s vehicles were in the area, as well as a Colorado State Patrol vehicle and several unmarked law enforcement vehicles. Deputies ran into Memorial Hospital Central, where the wounded officers were taken.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered that flags be flown at half-staff at public buildings across the state beginning Tuesday and lasting until sunset on the day of Flick’s funeral.
Condolences poured in on Twitter from political leaders and other law enforcement agencies, which offered their sympathy, help and anguish.
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Oath Keepers extends our condolences and prayers to the Colorado Law Enforcement community. We are diminished.