Police Shooting

This evening at 6:54 p.m. the Colorado Springs Police Department received a call stating that a man was now in the parking lot of the Grand Centennial Apartments with a shotgun.

The caller indicated that the man had come to his door, but the tenant was able to keep him out of the apartment.

The caller described the suspect as a white male, approximately 6'2" tall, about 35 years old, wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and a knife on his belt.

The shotgun was described as possibly being a 12 gauge shotgun.

Officers arrived in the area at approximately 7:00 p.m. and searched the area and located the suspect in the parking lot near 5210 Brodie Grove. When he was contacted, he did not have the shotgun in his possession, however, he was armed with two knives that he began waiving at the officers.

The three officers on scene repeatedly ordered the suspect to stop advancing and to drop the knives.

The suspect was both threatening to the officers and taunting them to kill him.

Officers first attempted to use "less than lethal" force by spraying the suspect with Oleoresin Capsicum Spray which is a chemical agent derived from Cayenne Pepper. This effort did not stop the suspect and the officers then were forced to fire their handguns at the suspect.

All three officers did fire their weapons, however at this stage of the investigation, it has not been determined how many shots were fired by each officer, and how many times the suspect was struck.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not yet been identified. An autopsy will be conducted by the El Paso County Coroner's Office to determine manner and cause of death.

This death is the 21st Homicide this year in Colorado Springs.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave with pay for a few days for their benefit.

The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office is conducting an independent investigation which is routine when injury or death results from police using deadly force.

The last fatal shooting by the Colorado Springs Police Department was in March of 2001.