During the morning of August 17, 2023, the Colorado Springs Police Department Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) was contacted by the US Marshal Service and Colorado State Parole regarding an operation occurring in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A wanted fugitive had been located in the Colorado Springs area. He was identified as a violent felon with multiple felony arrest warrants. The fugitive was positively identified and located in a hotel parking lot in the 1700 block of Aeroplaza Drive.
The US Marshal Service and Colorado State Parole requested the Colorado Springs Police Department assist them in taking the suspect into custody.
TEU officers responded and attempted to arrest the suspect while he was in a vehicle located in the hotel parking lot.
The suspect initially attempted to escape in the vehicle, and when that was unsuccessful, he attempted to flee on foot towards the front doors of the hotel. A CSPD K9 was deployed and contacted the fugitive outside the hotel.
During the contact, the fugitive produced a handgun, and at least one CSPD officer fired at least one round at the suspect.
CSPD officers took the fugitive into custody and immediately rendered medical aid until emergency medical services arrived. The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was treated, but later succumbed to his injuries.
This is an active investigation and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigative agency for this officer involved shooting.
Information regarding the suspects identity will be released from the El Paso County Coroner’s Office.
Additional information regarding the search for the fugitive may come from the US Marshal’s Office or the Colorado State Parole at a later time.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office will release additional information regarding their investigation as it becomes available.