Colorado Springs homicide suspect in custody after allegedly assaulting officer, fleeing in cruiser
Police confirm an officer fired their gun at the suspect before the suspect stole the patrol car.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man is now in police custody after allegedly going on a rampage Friday night, leaving one person dead, an officer injured, and several wrecked cars in his wake.
The situation started just before 10 p.m. when the suspect tried to bum a ride off a driver just south of downtown Colorado Springs.
“The reporting party indicated a male approached him in the parking lot [in the area of Arvada and South Nevada],” said Sgt. Jason Newton with the Colorado Springs Police Department. “The reporting party said no to the ride. When he refused to give him a ride, the male grabbed the reporting party and ended up pulling a knife on him.”
The victim was able to get away and called 911. The suspect ran into a nearby apartment.
“A homicide was committed in that apartment,” Newton said, providing no further details.
The suspect then allegedly attacked the first officer to pull up to the scene.
“The suspect exited the apartment where the homicide occurred and the suspect confronted the first arriving officer. ... The male suspect assaulted our officer,” Newton said.
The officer shot at the suspect, who was able to jump into a patrol car and speed off.
“He headed south down Arvada and then actually jumped the grass onto southbound I-25.”
More officers were flooding the scene by this point, and they spotted the hijacked police cruiser.
“They saw the car and started pursuing our patrol car. During that pursuit, the suspect crashed into multiple cars on southbound I-25, which disabled the patrol car and officers were able to catch up to him and take him into custody.”
The chase ended near the South Academy exit, about 4 miles south of where the suspect first got on the interstate. Newton did not have an exact number of cars hit by the suspect during the pursuit but said there was no indication any of those innocent bystanders were seriously hurt.
The suspect was identified Tuesday as 31-year-old Osemeke Uwadibie. He is currently being held without bond in the El Paso County jail.
Because of how extensive the incident was, there are multiple investigations happening concurrently, Newton said: CSPD’s Major Crash Team is investigating the chase and series of collisions, while CSPD’s Violent Crime Section is investigating the homicide.
Per state law, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, as the outside agency, is heading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
Newton said the homicide victim’s identity would be released at a later date and extended his condolences to their relatives.
“This is a tragic situation. We want to make sure we have proper support in place for that victim’s family.
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