Press Releases

Wildland Fire Management Team Conducting Pile Burning in Northern El Paso County

January 2, 2019 - 8:30am

The El Paso County Wildland Fire Management Team in conjunction with El Paso County Parks will be conducting pile burning in the northern end of the El Paso County today.  The team will resume their mitigation efforts in the Black Forest and Fox Run Regional Park areas. This is part of a strategic plan to improve the overall health of the forest by removing diseased and damaged trees and reducing fuels available to burn during wildland fires. 

Fireworks Reminder for New Year's Celebrations

December 28, 2018 - 2:55pm

As we welcome in the new year, fireworks are traditionally a significant part of our celebrations. Though it may seem like winter is an ideal time for fireworks, the real fact of the matter is that winter is one of the driest times of year and starting a fire accidentally is much easier than you probably think.

Sheriff’s Office Asks for the Community’s Help Identifying Robbery Suspects

December 27, 2018 - 5:57pm

On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at approximately 10:04 PM, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office received a silent hold-up alarm from the 7 Eleven located in the 1400 Block of B St.  in unincorporated El Paso County. Two suspects entered the store wearing bandanas and hoodies. One suspect armed with a silver handgun. The suspects stole $30 from the drawer and a cell phone from one of the clerks. The suspects then fled on foot.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Notification of Sexually Violent Predator

December 27, 2018 - 11:16am

In accordance with Colorado law, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is notifying the community that Mark William Shaddock has moved to an address in the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction.  Shaddock is a sex offender whose past behavior has led him to be labeled a “Sexually Violent Predator” (SVP) by the court.  Accordingly, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has made “community notification” as required by law and undertaken the following tasks, among others:

Victim in Springs Mobile Home Structure Fire Identified

December 18, 2018 - 4:13pm

Victim in Springs Mobile Home Structure Fire Identified

On December 12, 2018, at approximately 9:05 pm, a structure fire was reported at a residence in the Springs Mobile Home Community, located in the 1000 block of Western Dr. Fire personnel responded and, after extinguishing the fire, discovered a deceased male inside the residence. 

Remains Recovered in El Paso County Identified as Missing Hiker Kevin Rudnicki

December 18, 2018 - 2:07pm

Remains Recovered in El Paso County Identified as Missing Hiker Kevin Rudnicki

On December 12, 2018, at approximately 9:42 am, deputies were dispatched to a remote area near Balanced Rock Road and Forest Service Road 322, in reference to a suspicious incident.   Upon arriving on scene, deputies located skeletal remains.

Male Found Deceased in Springs Mobile Home Structure Fire

December 13, 2018 - 12:33pm

Male Found Deceased in Springs Mobile Home Structure Fire

On December 12, 2018, at approximately 9:05 pm, a structure fire was reported at a residence in the Springs Mobile Home Community, located in the 1000 block of Western Dr. Fire personnel responded and, after extinguishing the fire, discovered a deceased male inside the residence. 

The identity of the male will not be released until positive identification has been made by the Coroner’s Office.

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Skeletal Remains Recovered in El Paso County

December 13, 2018 - 11:09am

On December 12, 2018, at approximately 9:42 am, deputies were dispatched to a remote area near Balanced Rock Road and Forest Service Road 322, in reference to a suspicious incident. 

Suspect in Falcon Kidnapping and Sexual Assault Case Deceased

December 8, 2018 - 2:15pm

On December 5, 2018, at approximately 1:45 PM, deputies were dispatched to the Walmart located at 11550 Meridian Market View, in unincorporated El Paso County for a report of a stranger Kidnapping and Sexual Assault.

Sheriff's Office Looking for Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Kidnapping and Sex Assault Case

December 6, 2018 - 4:30pm

On December 5, 2018, at approximately 1:45 PM, deputies were dispatched to the Walmart located at 11550 Meridian Market View, in unincorporated El Paso County for a report of a stranger Kidnapping and Sexual Assault.

Arrest Made in Overnight Pursuit

December 5, 2018 - 5:00pm

On December 5, 2018, at approximately 2:15 AM, a deputy working in the area of Peterson Road and Panamint Court observed a pickup truck driving around the parking lot of the Super 8 Motel and the Econo Lodge parking lots. The deputy noticed various equipment violations and attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle.

Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest in Overnight Shooting

December 2, 2018 - 2:05pm

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, at approximately 9:55 PM, Deputies were dispatched to a report of a shooting at an address in the 3600 Block of Saguaro Circle.

Suspect Apprehended in Early Morning Burglary After Eluding Law Enforcement

November 30, 2018 - 4:54pm

On Friday, November 30, 2018, at approximately 6:18 AM, Deputies responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence in the 2800 Block of S. Circle Drive.   The suspect, Joshua Johnson, DOB: 12/10/89, left the scene in a red Nissan truck as deputies arrived.  Deputies attempted to contact the suspect as he was leaving but he fled the area.

Sheriff’s Office Seeks the Community’s Assistance in Identifying Burglary/Fraud Suspects

November 29, 2018 - 2:02pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a Burglary that occurred in the 500 block of Holly Drive, in unincorporated El Paso County. In the overnight hours between October 11-12, 2018, the suspects entered the victim’s residence through an unsecured window and stole a Smith and Wesson .380 Pistol, computer, iPod and wallet containing, credit/debit cards and personal identifying information.  

Suspect Arrested for Two Counts of Attempted Murder of a Peace Officer

November 28, 2018 - 2:35pm

On November 28, 2018, at approximately 3:06 AM, deputies observed a vehicle driving erratically and weaving.  Deputies believed the subject could be under the influence and a traffic stop was initiated in the area of South Academy Boulevard and Bradley Road, resulting in a pursuit.

The suspect vehicle then turned into oncoming traffic and swerved towards two deputies.  Both deputies were able to avoid the suspect’s attempts to ram them at a high rate of speed. 

Sheriff's Office Reminds the Community to Be Aware of Phone Scams

November 27, 2018 - 12:27pm

The Sheriff's Office has received a report of another phone scam. The caller is advising victims that they have an outstanding warrant.   They direct the victim to pay the fine at the Office of the Sheriff located at 27 E Vermio Avenue.  In these most recent cases, they are using the name of an actual employee, Commander David, of the Sheriff’s Office.

Wildland Fire Management Team and Agency Partners to Conduct Pile Burning in Northern El Paso County

November 26, 2018 - 4:02pm

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the El Paso County Wildland Fire Management Team in conjunction with El Paso County Parks and Regional Fire Departments will be conducting pile burning in the northern end of the County.  The team will focus their efforts in the Black Forest and Fox Run Regional Park areas. 

Barricaded Suspect Taken into Custody Without Incident

November 20, 2018 - 4:15pm

On November 20, 2018, at approximately 8:30 AM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a call regarding a fight between a male and female outside a residence in the 14100 block of Albatross Drive.  When deputies arrived on scene a female was observed to have an injured and bleeding hand.  The female stated the male was barricaded inside the residence with their two-year old child.

Arrest Made in Early Morning Shooting

November 16, 2018 - 10:48am

On November 16, 2018, at approximately 4:14 AM, the Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a shooting victim that was transported to a local hospital.  The victim stated he was shot by a suspect identified as Albert Leckenby, DOB: 081871 during a verbal argument in the area of I-25, near the Ray Nixon Power Plant.

Two Arrests Made in Hwy 94 Homicide

November 15, 2018 - 7:16pm

Two Arrests Made in Hwy 94 Homicide

'On Sunday, July 22, 2018, at approximately 6:45 AM, the Sheriff's Office received a call of a shooting. Deputies responded to a local hospital where they learned a victim was shot and another was deceased in the 12,000 block of Highway 94.

Deputies responded to the address on Highway 94 and discovered a deceased male. The victim was identified as 47-year-old Gustavo Del Sol Sanchez.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Hosting Reserve Unit Open House

November 13, 2018 - 12:46pm

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking motivated candidates to join our highly dedicated all-volunteer Reserve Deputy Unit. We will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Office of the Sheriff, 27 E. Vermijo Avenue. 

Update - Horses Seized in Animal Cruelty Investigation

November 8, 2018 - 9:45am

On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at approximately 9:45 AM, deputies with the Rural Enforcement & Outreach Unit (REO) executed a search warrant at an address in the 3400 Block Meridian Rd, as part of a continued animal cruelty investigation.   The Humane Society of the Pike’s Peak Region (HSPPR)was on scene to provide assistance. 

Skeletal Remains Recovered in Rock Bed Identified

November 6, 2018 - 8:11am

On November 3, 2018, at approximately 9:14 AM, deputies were dispatched to the 4600 Blk of S. Academy Blvd in reference to a Suspicious Incident.

Upon arriving on scene, deputies located skeletal remains in a rock bed.  A cell phone, gym bag, and a hoodie jacket were located in proximity to the remains. 

The victim has been identified as James L. Suggs, DOB: 05/11/63.  At this time, there is no indication of trauma or foul play.

California Abducted Children Found Safe and Unharmed, Mother Arrested

November 5, 2018 - 3:02pm

On Sunday, November 4, 2018, an Amber Alert was issued for 11-year-old Priscilla Penaloza and 1-year-old Alexander Penaloza, who police say was taken by their mother, Diana Moreira, during a supervised visit in San Jose, California.  They were reported to be in a grey 2012 Mini Cooper sedan driving to the Colorado Springs area.

Victim Found Near Pikes Peak Barr Trail's Golden Stairs Identified

November 2, 2018 - 11:34am

On Sunday, October 28, 2018, at approximately 1:00 PM, deputies responded to an area near Pikes Peak Barr Trail’s Golden Stairs in reference to an unidentified female who was found deceased on the side of the mountain.

The Coroner has identified the victim as Rebecca Maxfield, DOB: 05/22/87.  The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Coroner’s Office once they have received all the information to make a ruling.

Pink Patch Project Raises Over $12,000 for Memorial Hospital Foundation - Circle of Hope Fund

November 1, 2018 - 9:49am

The Sheriff's Office will be presenting a check to the Memorial Hospital Foundation - Circle of Hope Fund on Friday, November 2, 2018, at 9:30 AM, at the Office of the Sheriff, 3rd Floor Community Room, located at 27 E. Vermijo Avenue. 

Mother Arrested in Connection with Two-Year Old Shooting

October 30, 2018 - 1:05pm

On Sunday, October 21, 2018, deputies were dispatched to the 1500 block of Hartford Street in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived on scene they were flagged down by the parents of the two-year-old.  The mother had the child in her arms.  Life saving measures were initiated and the child was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sheriff's Office Encourages Halloween Safety

October 30, 2018 - 10:00am

In an effort to make Halloween a safe and enjoyable holiday for all citizens, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office provides the following safety tips:
 
• Children should be supervised or accompanied by an adult at all times.
• Children and adults should wear reflective clothing or a reflective vest.
• Carry a flashlight.
• Do not enter the homes of anyone you do not know.
• Travel in groups and practice the “buddy” system.

Fourth Arrest Made in Homicide on Tranters Creek Way

October 27, 2018 - 9:55am

On Sunday, October 7, 2018, at approximately 11:02 PM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call from the 6400 block of Tranters Creek Way saying multiple shots were fired and a male party was lying on the sidewalk.

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