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 37-year-old Benjamin Annaboli, a violent felon with multiple felony arrest warrants. Annaboli was positively identified and located in a hotel parking lot in the 1700 block of Aeroplaza Drive.
The US Marshal Service and Parole Officers with the Colorado Department of Corrections 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.
Annaboli 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 Annaboli outside the hotel.
Annaboli produced a handgun during the contact, and at least one CSPD officer fired at least one round at the suspect.
CSPD officers took Annaboli into custody and immediately rendered medical aid until emergency medical services arrived. He 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. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Additionally, 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 Coroner's Office will determine the official cause and manner of death when all autopsy results are finalized.