On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 4:41 p.m., the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) Communications Center received a 911 call from a caller at a separate location who stated an adult male was experiencing a mental health episode at a home located in the 200 block of Mount View Lane.
At 4:45 p.m., CSPD Communications Center dispatched a Community Response Team (CRT) which is comprised of a sworn CSPD police officer, a community health paramedic employed by the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and a Diversus Health Clinician.
When the team arrived on scene an adult male matching the description was in the roadway. The officer contacted the male and attempted to escort him out of the roadway. A struggle ensued and the paramedic assisted the police officer. The male was placed in handcuffs and became unresponsive. The paramedic immediately rendered medical aid to the male.
Medical personnel were requested and the male was transported to a nearby hospital. After arriving at the hospital the male was pronounced deceased. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the El Paso County Coroner's Office.
No other community members nor officers were injured in this incident. The involved officer was placed on paid administrative leave per CSPD policy. The paramedic was also placed on paid administrative leave by the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
At the request of CSPD, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigative agency for this officer-involved in-custody death. This is an ongoing investigation and information will be released as appropriate; no other information is available at this time. All updates, with the exception of naming the involved officer and paramedic, will come from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Public Information Office.