Press Releases

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.  

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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.

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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.

Parents Arrested in Criminally Negligent Child Abuse Resulting in Death Case

July 6, 2021 - 8:07pm

On July 6, 2021, at approximately 12:03 PM, our Communications Center dispatched Manitou Springs Police Department officers to the 400 block of Manitou Avenue on a report of a shot being fired.

Upon arrival, Manitou Springs Police Officers discovered a deceased juvenile. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit, at the request of the Manitou Springs Police Department, was asked to lead the investigation.

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Identifies Victim and Suspect in Murder/Suicide on Rodez Grove

July 2, 2021 - 9:15am

On June 28, 2021, at approximately 7:21 AM, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Communications Center dispatched deputies to a Check the Welfare call in the 11000 block of Rodez Grove.

Upon arrival, deputies found two deceased individuals.

Fleeing Felon Arrested After Multi-Agency Search

July 1, 2021 - 1:40pm

On June 30, 2021, at around 1:26 PM, members of the Sheriff's Office Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) were in the Stratmoor Valley neighborhood in unincorporated El Paso County conducting surveillance in regard to an investigation into thefts from area construction sites.  A vehicle associated to their investigation departed the area occupied by two men.  CIU deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle but it fled and was not pursued.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Investigates Fatal Shooting

June 28, 2021 - 4:00pm

On June 28, 2021, at approximately 7:21 AM, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center dispatched deputies to a Check the Welfare call in the 11000 block of Rodez Grove. Upon arrival, deputies found two deceased individuals.

The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit responded and has assumed the investigation. The names of the victims will not be released at this time pending identification by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office and notification of next of kin.

Sheriff's Office Responds to Bomb Threat in Lorson Ranch Neighborhood

June 18, 2021 - 9:05pm

On Friday, June 18, 2021, at approximately 1:56 PM, deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a bomb threat in the 9800 block of Rubicon Drive. 

The reporting party said her son was threatening to cause harm to her with a homemade bomb, multiple weapons, and ammunition. The reporting party was not in the home at the time when she made the call and was not sure where her son was. 

Barricaded Suspect Arrested on Widefield Drive

June 18, 2021 - 12:20pm

On June 17, 2021, at approximately 4:12 PM, a deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office located a wanted suspect in the 900 block of Widefield Drive located in Unincorporated El Paso County.

The suspect, Justin Romero, DOB 12/17/1983, was a suspect in felony and misdemeanor crimes. He was given orders to surrender, and he refused.

The Tactical Support Unit arrived shortly thereafter and took over the situation.

Suspect in West Colorado Avenue Shooting Arrested

June 16, 2021 - 4:10pm

On June 10, 2021, at approximately 6:23 PM, deputies were dispatched to the 3400 block of West Colorado Avenue, in unincorporated El Paso County, in reference to a shooting.

Clarification on the Rescission of the Fireworks Ban for Unincorporated El Paso County

June 15, 2021 - 11:55am

Updated 7/2/21

Clarification on the Rescission of the Fireworks Ban for Unincorporated El Paso County

Fireworks Ban Rescinded for Unincorporated El Paso County

June 14, 2021 - 4:40pm

Effective immediately, the fireworks ban has been rescinded for unincorporated El Paso County. Our county has various topographical features where some terrain may experience large amounts of moisture, but other portions remain dry and may have a higher risk of fire, but at this time does not warrant going into fire restrictions.

Many of the Fire Districts in El Paso County request you remain extremely cautious with the use of any flame producing device and/or fire. 

Local Daycare Provider Arrested in Infant's Death

June 14, 2021 - 2:05pm

On February 5, 2021, at approximately 11:37 AM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a call regarding an unresponsive infant at an address in the 500 block of Widefield Drive in unincorporated El Paso County.  Operating at this address was an in-home daycare for numerous children ranging in ages from 3 months to 7 years old.  The facility was operated by a Dana McNair, DOB: 10/2/67.

Sheriff's Office Makes Two Arrests in 2020 Homicide

June 11, 2021 - 1:30pm

On Monday, January 6, 2020 at approximately 2:20 AM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a call regarding an unresponsive female in a room at the Travel Lodge in the 6800 block of Space Village Avenue.

When deputies arrived on scene medical personnel were already there and the female victim was pronounced deceased.  

Victim in Security House Fire Identified

June 4, 2021 - 3:20pm

On May 17, 2021, at approximately 2:31 AM, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received a report of a structure fire in the 500 block of Cypress Drive located in Security, Colorado. Deputies and the Security Fire Department responded, but the home was a total loss.

Mother Arrested in Death of Newborn

June 4, 2021 - 10:55am

On January 23, 2021, at approximately 1:23 PM, the Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call regarding an unresponsive newborn.  The reporting party stated the newborn was lying partially buried in her yard. 

Deputies and medical personnel arrived on scene and confirmed the newborn infant was deceased.  

Deputy Involved in Officer Involved Shooting at Willow Springs Ponds Identified

June 3, 2021 - 4:00pm

On Monday, May 24, 2021, at approximately 3:30 PM, Fountain Police Department (FPD) officers and a deputy from the El Paso County Sherriff’s Office (EPSO), came in contact with an armed individual at the Willow Springs Ponds in Fountain, Colorado 80817. The park was evacuated and containment was set up.

Fireworks Information for Unincorporated El Paso County

June 1, 2021 - 10:00am

Even with the recent moisture received, according to the drought monitor, all of El Paso County remains in either the moderate drought or abnormally dry categories. 

Sheriff's Office DUI Theme Car Event

May 25, 2021 - 12:46pm

Sheriff's Office DUI Theme Car Event

Memorial Day Weekend is a time to honor the men and women who have died while serving the military. It's also traditionally the weekend that kicks off fun and sun season as many schools are dismissed for the year. Unfortunately, it also marks one of the more dangerous weekends for fatal vehicle accidents, especially those related to impaired driving.

Sheriff's Office Identifies Victim in Homicide

May 20, 2021 - 3:40pm

On May 12, 2021, at approximately 6:04 PM, our Communications Center dispatched deputies to the 6000 block of South Johnson Road located in Rush, Colorado, on a Check the Welfare call.

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

The victim has been identified as 43 year old Donaciano Amaya. We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Amaya.

Sheriff's Office Investigates a House Fire with a Single Fatality

May 17, 2021 - 2:35pm

On May 17, 2021, at approximately 2:31 AM, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received a report of a structure fire in the 500 block of Cypress Drive located in Security, Colorado. Deputies and the Security Fire Department responded, but the home was a total loss.

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