Officers identified following a deadly shooting in Manitou Springs; suspect and K9 Jinx were killed

WARNING: The video shows the moment a shooting involving police occurred. K-9 Jinx and suspect killed in Manitou Springs 4/11/22.
Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 3:29 AM MDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2022 at 2:12 PM MDT
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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - An El Paso County K-9 and a suspect were shot and killed April 11 in Manitou Springs.

Just before 11 p.m. that night,, Manitou Springs Police Department officers and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a business on the 900 block of Manitou Avenue on a report of a person menacing others with a firearm. According to a city spokesperson, a short time later, the suspect reportedly fired at least one shot at law enforcement. Law enforcement reportedly fired back at the suspect and the suspect died at the scene.

The suspect has been identified as 67-year-old Wilford Robert Deweese of Cape Canaveral Florida.

“Any officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave,” said Alex Trefry of the City of Manitou Springs.

During the shooting, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office reports a K-9 was also shot and killed. The K-9 was identified as Jinx. The K-9′s handler was not injured.

“The loss of K9 Jinx cannot be put into words as his passing leaves a hole in our EPSO Family. Our thoughts go out to his handler, his family, and the EPSO K9 Unit,” said EPCSO.

“This is a profound and significant loss for the K9′s handler and partner, family, our community and for the law enforcement community,” said Sergeant Jason Garrett of EPCSO.

Colorado Springs Police Department is the lead agency investigating the shooting. The involved officers and deputies have been placed on administrative leave per their department policies. The officers involved were publicly identified on Tuesday as follows:

-Officer Schuelke began employment as a sworn police officer with the Manitou Springs Police Department in December 2019.

-Officer Hoover began employment as a sworn police officer with the Manitou Springs Police Department in August 2017.

-Deputy Daniel LeBaron with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

-Deputy Ronnie Hancock with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

A message from K9 Jinx's Family: “We want to thank the community for all the love and support they have given us...

Posted by EPC Sheriff's Office on Friday, April 15, 2022

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