Press Releases

Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting Succumbs to Injuries

January 8, 2016 - 12:18pm

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5:13 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a disturbance at the 5100 block of Lanagan Street in Colorado Springs.  Responding officers encountered an armed suspect and shots were fired.  The suspect, identified as Dana Bruce Ott, sustained a gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.   

Identity of Missing Man Confirmed by Coroner

January 4, 2016 - 4:45pm

On January 1, 2016, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office began searching for a missing person, 23 year old Elijah Joe Sharp.  He is 5'11" and weighs approximately 150lbs and has brown hair and brown eyes.  Elijah was last seen by his parents around 9:30 PM, on December 31, 2015, when he left his home after an argument.

At around 12:30 PM, deputies were dispatched to the top of the Incline, approximately 200 yards from the trail where hikers reported finding a deceased male.

Barricaded Suspect Identified

January 2, 2016 - 9:05am

 On January 1, 2016, at approximately 7:00 PM, a deputy was dispatched to Memorial Hospital in reference to an assault that had just occurred.

Upon arrival, the Deputy contacted the victim and he stated his roommate had hit him in the head with a hammer several times while he was sleeping in his recliner in the living room.

Sheriff's Office Askes for help in Locating Missing Man

January 1, 2016 - 10:35am

On January 1, 2016, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office began searching for a missing person, 23 year old Elijah Joe Sharp.  He is 5'11" and weighs approximately 150lbs and has brown hair and brown eyes.  Elijah was last seen by his parents around 9:30 PM, on December 31, 2015, when he left his home after an argument.

Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting Identified

December 31, 2015 - 11:20am

On Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at 8:48 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a burglary in progress in the 2400 block of Sierra Springs.  The suspect fired multiple shots at the officers.  CSPD officers returned fire.

Officer Involved Shooting

December 31, 2015 - 12:30am

On Wednesday, December 30, 2015, at 8:48 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a burglary in progress in the 2400 block of Sierra Springs.  The suspect fired multiple shots at the officers.  CSPD officers returned fire.

Sheriff's Office Makes Additional Arrest in Highway 24 Home Invasion

December 21, 2015 - 4:30pm

On Sunday December 20, 2015, at approximately 8:30 AM, the Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 hang-ups from a home in the 8000 block of Highway 24.  Deputies responded to the scene to investigate and learned there were possibly two armed suspects inside the residence.  Seven victims were removed safely and one suspect was arrested.

Update on Home Invasion on Highway 24

December 20, 2015 - 7:00pm

At approximately 8:30 AM, on Sunday, December 20, 2015, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office received multiple 911 hang ups from a home in the 8000 black of Highway 24.  Deputies responded to the scene to investigate and learned there were possibly two armed suspects inside the residence, with an unknown number of victims.

Update to Sheriff's Office Request for Help in Identifying Suspects in Credit Card Fraud Case

December 10, 2015 - 10:55am

Between October 28, 2015, at 6:45 PM, and October 29, 2015, at 6:50 AM, an unknown suspect entered an unlocked truck parked in the 600 block of Fay Drive in Widefield.  The suspect stole a wallet containing multiple credit cards.  The suspects quickly used the stolen cards at Sears, Burger King, Walgreens, Lowes, Target and paid a phone bill in Alabama. 

Sheriff’s Office Hosts Final Tip-A-Cop Event of 2015 to Benefit Colorado Special Olympics

December 9, 2015 - 4:31pm

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Sheriff’s Office Deputies will trade in their badges for aprons to wait and bus tables, seat families and serve diners in three Texas Roadhouse restaurants in Colorado Springs.  Each table is provided with a donation envelope and request to make a donation in support of our Special Olympic athletes.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Joins Colorado Springs Police Department in Annual Shop with a Cop

December 4, 2015 - 9:00am

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Joins Colorado Springs Police Department in Annual Shop with a Cop

On Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM, over a hundred law enforcement officers from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department will be joining families at the Target on Powers Blvd. and North Carefree, Target on Academy Blvd. and Union Blvd., and K-Mart on Fillmore and Nevada Avenue in an event known as Shop with a Cop.

Sheriff's Office asking for Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Theft Case

December 1, 2015 - 2:20pm

On Thursday November 26, 2015, between the hours of 7:50 AM-8:20 AM, the driver side window of a vehicle parked at the Blue Stem Open Space, located at 5501 Goldfield Drive, was smashed out and a purse, handgun and jacket were stolen. The credit cards were immediately used to purchase gift cards and receive cash back at a nearby Safeway in Fountain.

Update on Shooting in Gleneagle

November 29, 2015 - 2:35pm

On November 29, 2015, at approximately 4:11 AM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a call reference a shooting resulting from a family disturbance.  The reporting party stated the suspect shot his father in the head.
Counting the suspect there were five adults in the residence.  All persons, except for the suspect were evacuated safely from the residence and the father was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Update on Shooting in Gleneagle

November 29, 2015 - 2:35pm

On November 29, 2015, at approximately 4:11 AM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a call reference a shooting resulting from a family disturbance.  The reporting party stated the suspect shot his father in the head.
Counting the suspect there were five adults in the residence.  All persons, except for the suspect were evacuated safely from the residence and the father was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s Office Asks for Help in Identifying Suspect in Forgery Case

November 25, 2015 - 9:50am

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying an unknown male suspect in connection with numerous check forgery cases in Denver area Costco stores. The unknown male is using Colorado Springs addresses in association with his possible aliases. Possible aliases for this individual are Roger Rudd and Roger Rupp.

Sheriff's Office Responds to Wildland Fire Near Rush

November 24, 2015 - 4:43pm

On Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at approximately 10:30 am, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a grass fire near Fossinger Road in Rush, Colorado.  Due to windy conditions, the fire spread rapidly and a coordinated response was initiated by El Paso County's Deputy Fire Warden.  Numerous departments from surrounding jurisdictions responded with firefighters, emergency medical personnel, traffic patrol and animal welfare units. 

Sheriff’s Office Ask for Help in Identifying Suspects in Burglary Case

November 24, 2015 - 12:30pm

On Sunday, November 22, 2015, at approximately 2:30 PM, two unknown suspects entered a home in southern El Paso County in the 9100 block of Avenida Hermosa Vw. The suspects then returned a second time on Monday, November 23, 2015 at approximately 6:00 AM to burglarize the home a second time. The homeowner was out of town during the burglaries. 

Sheriff's Office Asks for Help in Identifying Suspect in Fraud Case

November 19, 2015 - 4:00pm

On October 5, 2015, an unidentified African-American female used the identity of a victim, who resides in El Paso County, to apply for a Costco membership in Westminster, CO. On the same day at another Costco in Superior, CO, the suspect purchased a computer with a fraudulent check belonging to the victim and returned it the same day obtaining cash back. The suspect then canceled the membership.

Deputy Sheriff Charged in Use of Force Incident

November 19, 2015 - 3:50pm


On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, a use of force incident occurred in the Intake and Release area of the Criminal Justice Center.  Information regarding this incident was reported and then given to the District Attorney’s Office for review. A criminal investigation was initiated due to the actions taken by Deputy Francisco Vasquez, in his official capacity as a Deputy Sheriff.

Suspect in Officer Involved Shooting Formally Charged

November 16, 2015 - 3:10pm

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5:13 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a disturbance at the 5100 block of Lanagan Street in Colorado Springs.  Responding officers encountered an armed suspect who was approaching them and shots were fired. 

The suspect, Dana Bruce Ott, DOB: 5/08/52, of Colorado Springs, has been formally charged with the following:

 Five Counts of Felony Menacing (F5)
 Domestic Violence

Sheriff's Office Asking for Help in Identifying Suspect in Credit Card Fraud Case

November 12, 2015 - 4:45pm

Between October 28, 2015, at 6:45 PM, and October 29, 2015, at 6:50 AM, an unknown suspect entered an unlocked truck parked in the 600 block of Fay Drive in Widefield.  The suspect stole a wallet containing multiple credit cards.  The stolen cards were subsequently used at Sears, Burger King, Walgreens, Lowes, and paid a phone bill in Alabama.

Update on Officer Involved Shooting

November 11, 2015 - 1:50pm

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5:13 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a disturbance at the 5100 block of Lanagan Street in Colorado Springs.  Responding officers encountered an armed suspect who was approaching them and shots were fired.  

Sheriff's Office Seeking Whereabouts of Suspect Wanted for Crimes in Multiple Jurisdictions

November 10, 2015 - 4:55pm

Sean Michael Burrows is wanted by multiple jurisdictions for statewide crime sprees.  The Sheriff's Office is working with several jurisdictions from across the state in an effort to locate this individual.  The State of Colorado has issued arrest warrants for crimes including, but not limited to: Motor Vehicle Theft, Eluding, Failure to Appear, Failure to Comply, and a Probation Violation.

Nationwide Groupon Campaign Raises Over $335,000 for Law Enforcement K-9 Bullet and Stab Protective Vests

November 10, 2015 - 3:35pm

he El Paso County Sheriff’s Office’s K9s Nash, Axel and Blitz have received ballistic vests thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that has rose over $335,000.00.   Axel is 5 years old, started with the agency June of 2010, and he is a German Shepherd Dog. Blitz is 5 years old, started with the agency in September of 2011, and he is a German Shepherd Dog. Nash is 2 years old, started with the agency in April of 2014, and he is a Malanois.

Sheriff’s Office provides update on Officer Involved Shooting

November 4, 2015 - 4:45pm

On Saturday, October 31, 2015, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Deadly Force Investigation Team (DFIT) was notified to respond to the area of Platte Avenue and Wahsatch Avenue, in Colorado Springs, with regard to an officer involved shooting.  As part of the Sheriff’s Office ongoing investigation the following information has been obtained:

Sheriff's Office Requests Publics' Assistance in Black Forest Homicide Investigation

November 3, 2015 - 4:50pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has received credible information that Maxwell Garihan may have hitchhiked from Greeley, Colorado to the north end of El Paso County on October 15, 2015.  Garihan is accused of killing Alan Havens and shooting Margaret Temple in the late evening hours of October 15 or the early hours of October 16, 2015.  He was known to hitchhike regularly in the Greeley area and did not have a vehicle.

Sheriff's Office gives update on Officer Involved Shooting

November 2, 2015 - 3:00pm

On October 31, 2015, at 8:45 AM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding shots fired in the 200 block of North Prospect Street.  Officers received a description of the suspect and his direction of travel.  Officers encountered the suspect at Platte Avenue and Wahsatch Street.  The suspect fired multiple shots at the officers.  CSPD officers returned fire and the suspect was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Officer Involved Shooting

October 31, 2015 - 2:10pm

On October 31, 2015, at 8:45 AM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding shots fired in the 200 block of North Prospect Street.  Officers received a description of the suspect and their direction of travel.  Officers encountered the suspect at Platte Avenue and Wasatch Street.  The suspect fired multiple shots at the officers.  CSPD officers returned fire.

Reward Offered for Information Regarding Damage to Expensive Wind Turbine

October 29, 2015 - 2:00pm

On or between 9/20/2015 and 10/23/2015, an unknown suspect(s) fired a single high powered rifle round at Turbine #35 in the Golden West Wind Energy Center in Calhan, Colorado.  Turbine #35 is located near the intersection of North Yoder Road and Heaston Road.  The damage to the turbine is estimated between $20,000 and $250,000 depending on the severity of damage.

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