Sheriff's Office Investigating Officer Involved Shooting at Fort Carson Gate 2

November 5, 2020

On November 4, 2020, at approximately 4:45 AM, a Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) sergeant was flagged down by a citizen reporting a suspicious vehicle who had followed them for several miles in an aggressive manner.  The reporting citizen pointed out the suspect vehicle which was located in the area.  The CSPD sergeant attempted to contact the suspect vehicle but the vehicle fled the area. The sergeant called out over his radio to other units to be on the lookout.

Additional CSPD officers in the area located the vehicle driving southbound on Highway 115. The car exited Highway 115 at the Fort Carson Gate 2 exit and stopped right outside Fort Carson’s Gate 2. When officers pulled in behind the vehicle, they contacted the suspect who was armed with a handgun. At that time at least one shot was fired by involved officers. Two officers were involved in this incident.

The suspect has been identified as Dean Trasente, age 33. He was pronounced deceased on scene. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Coroner's Office.

In accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 16-2.5-301, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigative agency for this officer-involved shooting. This is an ongoing investigation and information will be released as appropriate.

The involved officers were not injured and have been placed on administrative leave per their policy. Information regarding the law enforcement officers involved in this incident will come from the Colorado Springs Police Department.

All information regarding this investigation will come from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.


MR 20-170