Officers, suspect ID'd after police-involved shooting in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police were trying to arrest a man on a misdemeanor warrant when he fought them off and pulled out a gun.

What on the onset appeared a routine arrest ended with officers firing their weapons at the suspect.

These are the latest findings from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the shooting because it involved Springs police. It's standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting for an outside agency to lead the investigation.

According to EPSO, officers encountered the suspect in the area of South Nevada Avenue and East Navajo Street around 6 Saturday night. When they tried to take him into custody on an outstanding warrant, he reportedly started fighting them. He was shot after law enforcement says he drew a handgun. After further investigation, the gun the man had was a BB pistol that resembled a real gun. The man shot has been identified as Christopher Willard. Police were wearing body cameras at the time of the shooting and is being reviewed as part of the investigation.

Willard was wanted for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for theft, police said Wednesday.

Willard survived the shooting long enough to reach the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The officers involved in the incident sustained minor injuries.

The officers were identified Thursday as Christopher Fernandes and Tracy Toth.

Those officers are now on paid leave, also standard procedure.