Deputy in Officer Involved Shooting in Monument Identified

July 16, 2020

Colorado Springs Police Department Press Release:
On July 11, 2020, around 5 P.M., the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) responded to a menacing call for service on southbound I-25 near Larkspur. As troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the suspect exited the highway at exit 163 and crashed into a guardrail, bringing the suspect’s vehicle to a complete stop. The suspect then attempted to carjack a vehicle near the crash location, but was unsuccessful. As troopers approached the suspect, the suspect pointed a firearm at law enforcement before fleeing into a nearby field.  

The suspect then entered a residential home in the nearby area (20000 block of Doewood Drive in Monument, CO). Luckily, the home’s occupants were able to safely exit the residence. CSP troopers and deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence, at which time the suspect fired at least one round at law enforcement. One deputy and one trooper responded by firing at least one shot. The suspect was pronounced dead on scene. 

No citizens or law enforcement officers were injured in this incident. There is no danger to the public at this time as a result of this incident. 

In accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 16-2.5-301, the Colorado Springs Police Department is the lead investigative agency for this officer-involved shooting. This is an ongoing investigation and information will be released as appropriate. All information regarding the deadly force investigation will come from the Colorado Springs Police Department. Information regarding the original menacing call for service, as well as the crash, will come from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Lastly, information regarding the law enforcement officers involved in this incident will come from their respective agencies. 

The deputy involved in this incident is Deputy Spencer Stringham. Deputy Stringham has been employed with the Sheriff's Office since April of 2017 and is assigned to the Patrol Division. He is currently on administrative leave in accordance with our policy.

Any further updates or information on this case will only come from the Colorado Springs Police Department.

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