Press Releases

Medical Emergency Results in Inmate's Death

April 4, 2020 - 6:45pm

On April 4, 2020, at approximately 9:55 AM, a medical emergency was declared in a male housing ward at the El Paso County Jail.  

A male inmate was walking to the restroom and fell down, hitting his head. The Ward Deputy responded immediately to provide medical aid.  The male inmate was conscious and stated he felt dizzy right before he fell.

Sheriff's Office Message to Families and Loved Ones of Inmates in the El Paso County Jail

April 3, 2020 - 8:00am

To the families and loved ones of inmates in the El Paso County Jail,

Sheriff's Office Investigating a Car Break-In and Fraud Case

April 1, 2020 - 1:01pm

On March 30, 2020, our Communication Center received a report of a Car Break-In and Fraud incident that occurred in the 2500 block of Canada Drive on March 8, 2020.  

The investigation and surveillance footage revealed two suspects entering an unlocked vehicle and stealing various tools, as well as a checkbook.

Sheriff's Office Makes Arrest in Shooting

April 1, 2020 - 9:50am

On March 31, 2020, at approximately 8:57 PM, deputies were dispatched to the 2200 block of Bison Drive, regarding a shooting.

When deputies arrived on scene, a gun-shot victim was located inside the residence.  The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Second Sheriff's Office Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

March 24, 2020 - 9:40pm

As of this evening a second deputy has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19. The deputy has been isolated since first developing symptoms. All employees and inmates who have had direct or indirect contact, or other work-related contact with this exposed employee have been personally contacted and notified.

Staff has had plans and structures in place for some time and have continued to take steps to prevent further spread to other employees and inmates that we house in the jail.

Sheriff Bill Elder Orders Stage I Fire Restrictions for Unincorporated El Paso County

March 24, 2020 - 10:40am

Sheriff Bill Elder has ordered Stage I Fire Restrictions for all of the unincorporated areas of El Paso County.  The Stage I Fire Restrictions shall go into effect at noon today and the following are prohibited: 

Sheriff's Office Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

March 22, 2020 - 2:40pm

As of this morning, a deputy has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19. They are isolated and have been for nearly a week now and are home getting better. All employees who have had contact with this deputy has been notified and are taking appropriate precautions.

Staff has had plans and structures in place for some time and have continued to take steps to prevent further spread to other employees and inmates that we house in the jail.

Human Remains Found in Florida Tentatively Identified as Gannon Stauch

March 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

Human Remains Found in Florida Tentatively Identified as Gannon Stauch

On March 18, 2020, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office  stating they responded to a call of a deceased juvenile male in Pace, Florida.

Sheriff's Office Continues to Investigate a Missing Person Case

March 18, 2020 - 8:32pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is asking for the public’s assistance locating Jane Mudder.  Jane is described as a 57 year old white female, 5’6”, 122 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She also has a dream catcher tattoo on her right arm. 

Second Suspect Identified and Arrested in the Cimarron Hills Homicide

March 12, 2020 - 1:11pm

On November 2, 2019, at approximately 2:19 PM, deputies were dispatched to a vacant lot located at the intersection of Galley Road and Powers Boulevard in reference to a found body.  When deputies arrived on scene, they found a deceased male with suspicious injuries.  The deputies contacted our Major Crimes Detectives and they took over the scene. 

The El Paso County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Thomas Anthony Faircloth.     

Suspect Arrested on Attempted First Degree Murder Charges

March 10, 2020 - 3:59pm

On March 7, 2020, at approximately 5:40 PM, a 9-1-1 call was received at our Communication Center from a reporting party indicating she was just shot at near the intersection of Space Village Avenue and South Marksheffel Road.  The reporting party stated she was waved down by a female and decided to give her a ride.  Shortly thereafter, a male in another vehicle pulled up next to them and shot several rounds in their direction.  Neither of the females were injured.  

Suspect Identified and Arrested in the Cimarron Hills Homicide

March 10, 2020 - 10:42am

On November 2, 2019, at approximately 2:19 PM, deputies were dispatched to a vacant lot located at the intersection of Galley Road and Powers Boulevard in reference to a found body.  When deputies arrived on scene, they found a deceased male with suspicious injuries.  The deputies contacted our Major Crimes Detectives and they took over the scene. 

The El Paso County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Thomas Anthony Faircloth.     

Sheriff’s Office Asking for Assistance in Locating Suspect Wanted for Attempted Murder

March 8, 2020 - 1:05pm

On March 7, 2020, at approximately 5:40 PM, a 9-1-1 call was received at our Communication Center from a reporting party indicating she was just shot at.  The reporting party stated she was waved down by a female and decided to give her a ride.  Shortly thereafter, a male in another vehicle pulled up next to them and shot several rounds in their direction.  Neither of the females were injured.  This occurred at Space Village Avenue and South Marksheffel Road.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Public's Assistance in Tim Watkins Homicide

March 4, 2020 - 11:40am

On Saturday September 16, 2017, Palmer Lake Police Department received a call for service of a missing person. A search of the mountainous area of Mount Herman was conducted by members of the community and the El Paso County Search and Rescue Team.

Suspect Identified in Officer Involved Shooting on Galley Road and Space Center Drive

March 3, 2020 - 11:30am

Suspect Identified in Officer Involved Shooting on Galley Road and Space Center Drive

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, at approximately 03:42 AM, an off-duty officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) called our Communication Center through the 9-1-1 phone line.  The off-duty officer reported he was involved in a shooting in the drive-through of a fast food restaurant, located at the 1000 block of Space Center Drive. 

Arrest Made in Gannon Stauch Case

March 2, 2020 - 1:28pm

On March 2, 2020, at approximately 8:04 AM, MST, El Paso County Sheriff's Office Detectives, FBI Agents, and members from the El Paso County 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office arrested Letecia Stauch (DOB 08/04/1983) in Horry County, South Carolina.

Letecia Stauch will be held at the Horry County Jail on the charges of:

Murder in the First-Degree (Child Under Twelve-Position of Trust §18-3-102(1)(f)),

MR 20-043

Sheriff's Office Asking for Assistance in Officer Involved Shooting Galley Road and Space Center Drive

February 28, 2020 - 10:30am

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, at approximately 03:42 AM, an off-duty officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) called our Communication Center through the 9-1-1 phone line.  The off-duty officer reported he was involved in a shooting in the drive-through of a fast food restaurant, located at the 1000 block of Space Center Drive. 

Deputies arrived and performed life saving measures on an unknown male; however, he succumbed to his injuries while on scene. 

Sheriff's Office Investigates Officer Involved Shooting at Galley Road and Space Center Drive

February 27, 2020 - 11:45am

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, at approximately 03:42 AM, an off-duty officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) called our Communication Center through the 9-1-1 phone line.  The off-duty officer reported he was in the drive-through of a fast food restaurant, located at the 1000 block of Space Center Drive, when an unknown person broke into his vehicle and threatened him with a weapon.  At least one round was fired by the off-duty officer at the unknown person.   

El Paso Teller 9-1-1 Authority Awards 12 year old as 9-1-1 Hero

February 26, 2020 - 9:22am

El Paso Teller 9-1-1 Authority Awards 12 year old as 9-1-1 Hero

On February 25, 2020, 12 year old Arturo Hernandez was awarded the 9-1-1 Hero Award.

Sheriff's Office Warns of Phone Scam Using Employee Name

February 25, 2020 - 5:53pm

The Sheriff's Office has received a report of another phone scam.  The caller threatened if the victim did not purchase gift cards that was valued at one thousand dollars legal action would be taken against them.  In these most recent cases, they are using the name of actual employees of the Sheriff's Office and calling from a number that appears to be from the Sheriff's Office. 

Update on Gannon Stauch Investigation

February 24, 2020 - 4:10pm

Today marks four weeks since Gannon went missing. We cannot imagine the ongoing pain Gannon's family must be feeling.  To not know where your child is, is every parent’s worst nightmare.  To not know what happened makes this situation more excruciating.  We acknowledge the grief and heartache his family is experiencing.

We appreciate the community's support and continue to encourage you all to keep Gannon's family in your thoughts and prayers. 

Sheriff's Office Update on Gannon Stauch Case

February 21, 2020 - 4:40pm

 On February 21, 2020, the Metro Crime Lab returned to Gannon's home as a part of our ongoing investigation into his disappearance. 

The investigation continues to progress with multiple agencies working to bring Gannon home.

We have received 718 tips to date. These tips include possible sightings, search suggestions, social media related information, suspicious activity, found property/possible evidence and video/photo/drone evidence.

El Paso Teller 9-1-1 Authority Awards 12 year old as 9-1-1 Hero

February 21, 2020 - 2:25pm

On January 9, 2020, El Paso County Sheriff's Office Dispatcher Mindy Belger, answered a 9-1-1 call from 12 year old Andrew Gravil.  He proved to everyone he knows how to handle himself when faced with a traumatic event.

Sheriff's Office Spring Citizens' Academy

February 21, 2020 - 11:21am

The Spring Citizens' Academy will begin on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and will be held on Tuesday evenings, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The Academy will be conducted over a 10 week period, culminating in a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Sheriff's Office Update on Gannon Stauch Case

February 15, 2020 - 3:57pm

On February 15, 2020, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and partners continued to search specific areas and we have over 100 trained individuals and specialized assets to include Search and Rescue, Mounted and K-9's, assisting in today's search efforts. The investigation and search processes continue to run parallel with one another. 

Sheriff's Office Update on the Gannon Stauch Case

February 13, 2020 - 6:45pm

On February 13, 2020, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and partners continued to search specific areas and we have over 80 trained individuals and specialized assets to include Search and Rescue, Mounted and K-9's, assisting in today's search efforts. The investigation and search processes continue to run parallel with one another. 

Sheriff's Office Update on the Gannon Stauch Case

February 12, 2020 - 9:15pm

On February 12, 2020, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and partners continue to search specific areas and we have over 130 trained individuals to include Search and Rescue, Mounted and K-9's, assisting in today's search efforts. The investigation and search processes continue to run parallel with one another. 

 

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