Officer identified in police shooting in Old Colorado City

Jese Schlegel (photo courtesy CSPD)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A burglary suspect was shot by an officer following a police chase early April 25 in Old Colorado City. No officers were injured in the incident.

It began as a call for a burglary at O'Brien Typesetting and Printing on the 1000 block of 19th Street. On April 27, the sheriff's office identified the suspect as Jese Paul Schlegel.

One week later, the officer involved was identified as Troy Kananen. Officer Kananen has been with the department for 24 years in the patrol bureau.

"When officers arrived on scene they made contact with a business owner ... and received information that the suspect in the burglary in progress was in an area just outside of the building," said Lt. Howard Black with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Officers tried to apprehend the Schlegel, who they say took off running.

"A foot pursuit ensued. At least one shot was fired. No officers were injured. The suspect was hit and transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased," Black said.

While an officer was chasing him, Schlegl reportedly drew a pistol "brandishing it toward a citizen" who was also on scene. The officer then fired at the suspect, hitting him more than once. Officers and medical personnel provided Schlegel emergency medical treatment before he was taken to the hospital.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office took over the investigation. It's standard procedure for an outside agency to investigate whenever there is an officer-involved shooting.

Officer Kananen has been put on paid administrative leave, as per policy.