Colorado Springs Police Department News Release:
On Monday December 4, 2006 at approximately 11:14 p.m. an officer with the Sand Creek Division conducted a traffic stop of a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol in the 4400 block of East Fountain Boulevard.
Two additional officers with the Sand Creek Division arrived shortly thereafter to assist the original officer with the traffic stop.
Sand Creek DUI Officer Kenneth Jordan, who responded to assist with the traffic stop, contacted the driver of the vehicle in an attempt to evaluate him for the suspected driving under the influence of alcohol.
Upon contact, the driver, identified as 25 year old Marco Lee, produced a handgun and shot Officer Jordan several times as Jordan was standing beside the driver side door.
The other two officers returned fire striking the suspect and were able to take the suspect into custody.
Officer Jordan was transported to Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 12:18 a.m.
Marco Lee was also transported to Memorial Hospital where he was treated for gunshot wounds that are not considered life threatening.
Tuesday, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Officer Jordan and the cause of death was determined to be a result of multiple gunshot wounds.
The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
This is the 15th homicide for the City of Colorado Springs in 2006.
Officer Jordan has been employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department since January 18, 2000.
"Our police officers risk their lives every single day, but you never expect something like this to happen," said Mayor Lionel Rivera on Tuesday.
Jordan was assigned to the Sand Creek Division in December, 2000 and had been a DUI Enforcement officer since February of 2004.
In a news conference Tuesday, Interim Chief David Felice praised Jordan for having an impeccable record over the past six years.
"He had an excellent work ethic. He was a consummate professional," said Felice.
In accordance with CSPD policy, the names of the other two involved officers will not be released at this time.
The officers have been placed on routine administrative leave as is common practice when officers are involved in deadly force situations.
The investigation into the shooting is continuing by the District Attorney’s Office and the CSPD Major Crimes Homicide Unit.
Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.