Press Releases

Medical Emergency Results in Inmate's Death

September 25, 2021 - 2:24pm

On September 25, 2021, at approximately 12:03 AM, a medical emergency was declared in a male housing ward at the El Paso County Jail. 

A man fell to the ground as he was making his way to the bathroom. Deputies and medical staff responded to the ward and helped the inmate sit up at which time he was conscious and breathing. Medical staff members and deputies remained with the inmate. 

Body of Man Found in Section 16 Trailhead

September 23, 2021 - 4:39pm

On September 22, 2021, at approximately 6:24 PM, we received a 911 call in reference to a body found in Section 16 trailhead on Gold Camp Road located in unincorporated El Paso County. 

Deputies responded and after a very long hike up an arduous trail, they eventually located the body of a deceased adult male. 

Sheriff's Office Investigating Harassment and Misconduct at Falcon High School

September 22, 2021 - 5:30pm

On September 15, 2021, at approximately 10:30 a.m., our assigned Falcon High School Resource Officer (deputy) was notified by the Falcon High School Administrators of a possible hazing incident. The school is located in the 10000 block of Lambert Road, in unincorporated El Paso County. 

A preliminary investigation found several juveniles were engaged in a hazing incident involving members of the football team. According to the allegations, the incident occurred on campus.  

Sheriff's Office Asks for Assistance in Locating Missing Adult

September 21, 2021 - 7:37pm

On September 14, 2021, at approximately 6:07 p.m., our Communications center received a report of a missing 25-year-old woman, Angelita Godinez. 

The reporting party said she last spoke to her on September 5, 2021. 

Our records show Angelita Godinez was released from the El Paso County Jail on September 8, 2021. 

The reason for the caller's concern was due to no contact with friends or family, which is not Angelita's normal behavior.  

Person of Interest Sought in Shooting at Widefield High School

September 20, 2021 - 4:14pm

On September 18, 2021, at 4:21 p.m., the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls reporting a shooting in the area of Widefield High School.

Deputies arrived on scene and found three males were injured as a result of the shooting and were transported to local hospitals.  

The suspect remains at large.

Suspect Arrested in Early Morning Shooting on Omaha Boulevard

September 17, 2021 - 6:52pm

On September 17, 2021, at approximately 2:47 AM, Colorado Springs Police Department Communications Center received a 911 call of a shooting that occurred in the 7100 block of Omaha Boulevard, which is located in Unincorporated El Paso County. 

Deputies in Officer Involved Shooting at Gollihar Road and Gollihar Court Identified

September 16, 2021 - 12:15pm

CSPD Press Release: 
On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at around 2:30 P.M., El Paso County Sheriff (EPSO) deputies contacted an armed suicidal adult man in the area of Gollihar Road and Gollihar Court. That intersection is in a rural area of unincorporated El Paso County near Peyton, Colorado.

Suspect in Kokomo Street Stabbing Arrested

September 15, 2021 - 10:45am

On September 14, 2021, at approximately 2:41 PM, deputies were dispatched to the 130 block of Kokomo Street, in Unincorporated El Paso County, in reference to a Domestic Violence call reported by witnesses. At the same time a male arrived at the UC Health ER in Fountain with a stab wound.

MR 21-087

El Paso County Jail Inmate Who Died at Local Hospital Identified

September 14, 2021 - 1:10pm

On August 28, 2021, an adult male inmate detained at the El Paso County Jail was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and later admitted due to a need for continued medical treatment for various ailments.
 
On September 2, 2021, at around 8:42 PM, the inmate passed away while still being treated at the hospital.  

The inmate has been identified as Wayne Baca, age 64. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Baca's family and friends.

Stage I Fire Restrictions in Place for Unincorporated El Paso County

September 13, 2021 - 8:00am

Stage I Fire Restrictions in Place for Unincorporated El Paso County

Due to the continued dry conditions and the National Weather Service forecast for continued dry and warmer than normal weather resulting in very high to extreme fire danger ratings, 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 immediately and the following are prohibited:

Stage I Fire Restrictions in Place for Unincorporated El Paso County

September 13, 2021 - 8:00am

Stage I Fire Restrictions in Place for Unincorporated El Paso County

Due to the continued dry conditions and the National Weather Service forecast for continued dry and warmer than normal weather resulting in very high to extreme fire danger ratings, 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 immediately and the following are prohibited:

MR 21-085

Sheriff's Office Looking for Possible Additional Victims in Sexual Assault Case

September 9, 2021 - 4:20pm

August 2021, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit (SVU) began an investigation on a Sexual Assault case. The suspect in this case has been identified as, 31-year-old, Roger Brandon Abeyta. 

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Roger Brandon Abeyta on various sexual offenses.

Our detectives believe Abeyta utilized social media platforms to lure juveniles.

Body Of Missing Swimmer Recovered At Rampart Reservoir

September 8, 2021 - 5:15pm

As was previously reported, on September 5th, 2021, at around 2:40 PM, a swimmer at the Rampart Reservoir went missing.  EPSO deputies, El Paso County Search and Rescue, and the Colorado Springs Fire Department dive team responded and began attempts to rescue the swimmer.  Later that evening their efforts unfortunately transitioned to a recovery operation.

El Paso County Jail Inmate Dies At A Local Hospital

September 3, 2021 - 3:30pm

On August 28, 2021, an adult male inmate detained at the El Paso County Jail was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and later admitted due to a need for continued medical treatment for various ailments.
 
On September 2, 2021 at around 8:42 PM, the inmate passed away while still being treated at the hospital.  
 

Sheriff's Office Asks For Public's Assistance In Identifying Vehicle Theft Suspects

August 25, 2021 - 12:05pm

On July 8, 2021, at around 4:32 AM, a vehicle was stolen from a home in the 1100 block of Autumn Star Point in unincorporated El Paso County.  Video surveillance retrieved during our investigation captured the following suspect and suspect vehicle descriptions:  

-Suspect #1 appears to be a white person with short dark hair.  

MR 21-080

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Conducts Death Investigation

August 23, 2021 - 3:00am

On Sunday, August 22, 2021, at approximately 10:49 PM, The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a report of a disturbance in the 11000 block of Fawn Lane. Upon arrival, deputies located one deceased individual. Two other individuals were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Sheriff's Office Conducts Death Investigation

August 10, 2021 - 6:35pm

On July 24, 2021, at approximately 11:57 PM, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division received a phone call from the Manitou Springs Police Department requesting assistance in conducting a death investigation at a hotel located in the 100 block of Manitou Avenue. The investigation involved the death of a juvenile (4 year-old child).

Detectives responded to the scene, conducted witness interviews, and executed search warrants on three rooms at the hotel.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Seeks Resident Opinion

July 30, 2021 - 12:10pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to participate in its upcoming survey. The survey is designed to provide a baseline of resident satisfaction with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office services and to make comparisons with communities across the nation.

Person Identified in Sheriff's Office Death Investigation

July 29, 2021 - 6:45pm

On July 24, 2021, at approximately 6:49 AM, our Communications Center dispatched deputies to the Stratmoor Valley Park and Trailhead, on a report of a body found.

Upon arriving on scene, deputies discovered a deceased adult male.

The male has been identified as Shawn Deckert, 45 years-old. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Mr. Deckert.

EPSO Deputies Arrest Felony Menacing Suspect Following Foot Pursuit and Resisting

July 29, 2021 - 11:10am

On July 28, 2021, at around 6:40 PM, the EPSO Communications Center received a report of a menacing with a gun that just occurred at the Rivon Gas & Convenience Store located at 4140 South Highway 85/87, in unincorporated El Paso County.  

MR 21-074

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is now accepting applications for the 2021 Citizens Academy.

July 28, 2021 - 7:50am

The Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy will begin on Thursday, September 9, 2021. This Academy consists of one night per week classes culminating in a graduation on Wednesday November 10, 2021.

Missing and Endangered Elderly Woman Found

July 27, 2021 - 2:00pm

On July 26, 2021, at approximately 4:20 PM, our Communications Center received a call from a family member reporting, 82-year-old, Frances Vialpando as missing from the 13000 block of West Ravine Drive. Information gathered indicated Ms. Vialpando as a missing and endangered adult.

Several deputies responded to the area in an attempt to locate Ms. Vialpando.

Sheriff's Office Conducting Death Investigation

July 24, 2021 - 2:37pm

On July 24, 2021, at approximately 6:49 AM, our Communications Center dispatched deputies to the Stratmoor Valley Park and Trailhead, on a report of a body found.

Upon arriving on scene, deputies discovered a deceased adult male.

The identity of the victim will not be released until positive identification has been made by the Coroner's Office and the next of kin has been notified.  

Our Major Crimes Unit has assumed responsibility over the investigation.

Barricaded Suspect Taken into Custody on Cornell Street

July 23, 2021 - 12:10pm

On July 22, 2021, at approximately 1700 hours, our Communications Center received a 911 call from a person stating a male was shooting a weapon from the sunroof of his vehicle in the area of Cornell Street and Widefield Boulevard. 

Reduced Phone/Visitation Charges and Mail Information for the El Paso County Jail

July 21, 2021 - 6:30pm

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is reducing costs associated with phone calls and video visitation services at the El Paso County Jail.

Previously, calls were charged at a rate of .44 cents per minute for local calls and .60 cents per minute for long distance (domestic).

Effective July 25, 2021, all domestic calls, local or long distance (domestic), whether prepaid or collect will now be set at .12 cents per minute.

MR 21-069

Inmate Identified in Medical Emergency Death at the El Paso County Jail

July 20, 2021 - 1:33pm

On May 9, 2021, at approximately 12:49AM, a medical emergency was declared in a male housing ward at the El Paso County Jail. 

A male was found in his cell unresponsive and not breathing.  Life saving measures were immediately started and continued until AMR and Fire personnel arrived and took over.
 
Life saving measures were unsuccessful and the inmate passed away. At this point there is no indication the death is related to COVID-19.

Sheriff's Office Asks for Assistance in Locating Missing Adult

July 14, 2021 - 12:30pm

On July 2, 2021, at approximately 1122 hours, our Communications center received a phone call from a woman reporting her 38-year-old stepson missing. She was calling from Texas.

She said she last saw her stepson, Samuel Jernigan, on May 14, 2021, at approximately 4:37 PM. She last spoke to him by phone on June 2, 2021, at approximately 3:38 PM.  

The reason for her concern was due to recent mail notices of unpaid bills which is out of character for him.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Road Rage Shooting Case

July 12, 2021 - 11:47am

On July 11, 2021, at approximately 1:06 PM, the El Paso County Communications center was contacted by the Colorado Springs Police Department in reference to a shooting that occurred in the area of South Academy Boulevard and Interstate 25 (I-25).

The victims were advised by the Colorado Springs Police Department Communications center to drive to a nearby Fire Station located in the 3700 block of South Academy Boulevard.

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