Man suspected of killing his own father in Colorado Springs

John Ellis Fitzpatrick
John Ellis Fitzpatrick(CSPD)
Published: May. 7, 2021 at 6:05 AM MDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 8:41 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man is suspected of killing his own father in Colorado Springs.

The shooting happened on May 6 in Colorado Springs just before 6 p.m. Officers were called to the 3300 block of N. Arcadia Street, the neighborhood is to the north of Fillmore Street and just to the east of N. Nevada Avenue. Police believe 26-year-old John Ellis Fitzpatrick had shot his father, 55-year-old John William Fitzpatrick.

The father eventually passed away more than two months later on July 28 while receiving treatment for the gunshot wound. The death was ruled a homicide on Wednesday.

This marks the 29th homicide investigation in Colorado Springs this year.

The lawyer for John Ellis provided 11 News the following statement on behalf of Daniela Fitzpatrick, the widow of John William Fitzpatrick:

"I am disappointed in how the news has portrayed this private family accident. My husband John Fitzpatrick passed away on July 28th after a number of surgeries related to a gunshot wound he sustained in May. It is my understanding that John was accidentally shot by his son, John Ellis, when John Ellis was showing his father his newly purchased firearm. John Ellis immediately called an ambulance and used his own shirt to apply pressure to the wound. My husband made it clear to both myself and law enforcement that this incident was an accident and not an act of malice.

John and John Ellis had a wonderful, loving relationship. My family has repeatedly asked for the prosecutor to drop these charges, as they are not warranted in these circumstances and only cause the family more pain. I ask for privacy for my family as we mourn the loss of John Fitzpatrick and support John Ellis Fitzpatrick through this difficult process."

-Daniela Fitzpatrick

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