After a Colorado Springs motorcycle officer was killed in a crash, his department is seeking information about someone matching a specific description.
Officer Matthew Tyner suffered fatal injuries in the crash on Austin Bluffs Parkway near Silver Drive Tuesday at approximately 2:32 p.m.
A red pickup truck and the officer's motorcycle were involved in the crash. It closed part of Austin Bluffs for hours while police investigated the scene.
Wednesday, the Colorado Springs Police Department made a public plea for information about a person seen Tuesday between 2 and 2:30 p.m. riding a black sports bike in the area of Austin Bluffs Parkway near Barnes Road and Stetson Hills. The person is a black male who was wearing a black "motocross" style jacket and gray shorts.
Police want to ask that person questions. Anyone with information is asked to call CSPD at 444-7000.
Tyner is the 13th Colorado Springs officer to die in the line of duty since the police department was established.
Colorado Springs police released this statement about the loss of Tyner Tuesday evening:
"This afternoon, at 2:32 pm, while conducting traffic enforcement near Austin Bluffs Parkway and Silver Drive, Officer Matthew (Matt) Tyner was involved in a traffic crash where tragically, he died from his injuries.
The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Major Accident Unit responded to the scene to assume investigative responsibility. A representative with the District Attorney’s Office was also on the scene as is protocol relating to fatal accidents. At this time, the investigation remains active.
Prior to joining the Colorado Springs Police Department, Matthew served as an Officer with the Kansas City Police Department for three years.
He became a part of the Colorado Springs Police Department’s family on January 21, 1999, where he served as a Patrol Officer, a Neighborhood Resource Officer and Training Academy Instructor before becoming part of the Specialized Enforcement Division/Motorcycle Unit.
Matthew’s outgoing personality and friendship will be sorely missed by all those who knew him and worked with him."
Springs Mayor Steve Bach also released a statement Tuesday evening:
“Few things are as heartbreaking as the passing of one of our brave and dedicated police officers. A member of our City family, Officer Matthew Tyner, served on the Colorado Springs Police force for nearly 14 years. Tragically, his life ended today while he was conducting traffic enforcement near Austin Bluffs Parkway and Silver Drive. An accident that will affect his family and friends for the rest of their lives causes us all to realize how precious life is. This has been a sad and difficult summer for Colorado Springs and, in fact, our whole state - many will join us in mourning the loss of Officer Tyner. We will pray for him, his family, his friends and colleagues. God bless this dedicated officer who died while serving our city.”