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Colorado Springs officer shoots and kills suspect who was reportedly armed with a knife

Daytime footage outside the scene of a shooting on Herd Street southeast of downtown Colorado...
Daytime footage outside the scene of a shooting on Herd Street southeast of downtown Colorado Springs. Police say a person with a knife confronted law enforcement and was fatally shot by one of the officers.(KKTV)
Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 6:07 AM MST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2021 at 7:22 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A suspect was shot and killed by police while he was armed with a knife early in the morning on Dec. 8, according to authorities.

On Wednesday, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Michael Pantoja.

“No other community members, or officers were injured in this incident,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a news release. “One officer involved in this incident has been placed on administrative leave per CSPD’s policy.”

Police were responding to a reported burglary in a home on Herd Street near Union and Monterey when they came face to face with the armed suspect.

“Officers arrived on scene and were beginning to clear the building when they were confronted by an adult male suspect armed with a knife,” said Lt. Jim Sokolik with the Colorado Springs Police Department. “At least one officer fired at least one time, killing the suspect.”

“Engine 23 responding, Engine 23, there’s a report of shots fired on this one, you’re gonna need to stage.” - Dispatch tape

According to the El Paso County Sheriff’s office, at least one CSPD officer fired “at least one round at the suspect who was struck by at least one round, and died on scene despite lifesaving efforts”.

Exactly what transpired when the suspect confronted the officers was still under investigation, Sokolik said. The shooting is currently under investigation by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office; per state law, whenever an officer uses deadly force, an outside agency must investigate.

No officers were injured, nor was anyone hurt in the home where the burglary was taking place.

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