COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (2/9, 4:20 p.m.): The procession route for Deputy Micah Flick has been announced for Saturday's funeral service.
Saturday's procession route for Deputy Micah Flick. EPSO
The funeral is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at New Life Church. The expected time for the procession has not been announced as of Thursday afternoon.
The route runs from New Life Church in the area of Voyager Parkway and Interquest Parkway. It will run southeast down S. Powers Boulevard. It will then exit onto eastbound Woodmen Road and travel to Falcon.
PREVIOUS (2/8, 5 p.m.): Police shared a letter from the President and CEO of UCHealth - Memorial Health System Wednesday afternoon:
As I went home last night, I had the chance to reflect a little and take a lot of yesterday in. The reality is that a hospital (and everyone in it), shares joy and grief together. Yesterday was not an invasion descending on the ER and hospital. Those inside the hospital reflected a community that cares, when things work right – we celebrate, when things don’t work right – we share that loss. I saw your staff, ours and physicians, sharing grief and trying to comfort one another, when their best efforts weren’t enough.
I left with deep sadness last night for these families and our staffs who were grieving. But I also left inspired that a community can come together and show so much compassion. Many of your officers spent the night here, worried about their colleagues. Local restaurants also sent pizzas and food to demonstrate in whatever way they could, that they cared too.
In all the craziness around us, we have not lost our humanity nor human kindness.
I am grateful that our teams share a common passion for serving our community, sometimes at most extraordinary costs, but in every way, putting our best foot forward; doing what’s right.
Thank you for your email. I’m the one who is humbled and grateful.
Joel P. Yuhas, FACHE President & CEO UCHealth – Memorial Health System Colorado Springs Market
PREVIOUS (2/7, 9:10 p.m.): The Flick family released a statement Tuesday night through the sheriff's office:
"Husband, Father, Son, Grandson, Brother, Uncle, Nephew. Our Beloved Micah Flick.
It is with immeasurable pride and unfathomable grief that we remember the incredible sacrifice that Micah made in service to our community and country.
Micah was truly passionate about helping those who could not help themselves. Knowing the risks, he pursued that mission with all he had. Our family is grieving the loss of a hero; a man who reacted instantaneously and selflessly to protect the public and fellow law enforcement officers.
We are also grieving the loss of a truly wonderful man who was many different things to many different people. Above all, he was a man who loved Jesus, loved his family and lived life with zeal, hunger and passion.
As a family, we thank the communities of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, the State of Colorado and our entire Nation for the abundance of love that has been poured out. We would also like to thank the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for their tireless and heartfelt support and guidance as we navigate this chapter in our lives.
We take comfort in knowing that Micah’s legacy will be his faith in God and his deep, rich character that will continue to shine in the hearts and lives of his wife, Rachael and their two children, whom he loved with his whole heart."
5:30 p.m.: On Tuesday, police released new information on the deadly shooting that claimed the life of Deputy Micah Flick.
Police say members of an auto theft task force were conducting an investigation at the apartment complex where the shooting happened. While conducting surveillance, they noticed the suspect get out of a vehicle that was reported stolen. The suspect was identified as 19-year-old Manuel Zetina, a resident of Colorado Springs.
When authorities tried to make contact with Zetina, a struggle started. Police say Zetina then pulled out a handgun and started firing shots. The task force returned gunfire.
Both Zetina and Deputy Flick were killed in the shootout.
As reported earlier, Deputy Flick leaves behind a wife and 7-year-old twins.
The CSPD officer injured was identified as Detective Marcus Yanez. Yanez has been employed with the department since 2007. Yanez was treated and released from the hospital. Two other deputies and a civilian were injured in the shooting.
Deputy Scott Stone was last reported in stable condition. Pastor Brian Michaels with Springs Lighthouse tells 11 News Deputy Stone is expected to make a full recovery but has a long road ahead of him.
Detective Sgt. Jacob Abendschan is a 16-year veteran. He was wounded by gunfire. His condition was last reported as good.
A male civilian walking in the area was shot and wounded. He is undergoing treatment at the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon. His name was not publicly released.
Call 719-444-7000 if you were a witness to this shooting and if you haven't already spoken with authorities.
4:15 p.m.: The funeral arrangements for Detective Micah Flick have been scheduled.
The funeral service is scheduled to be held 1 in the afternoon on Saturday at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. The church is at 11025 Voyager Parkway.
11:30 a.m.: Sheriff Bill Elder's full remarks Tuesday at a second news conference over the deadly law enforcement shooting:
"Good morning. Most of you know about the event that took place yesterday in eastern Colorado Springs. I'm going to tell you a little bit about the victims from the sheriff's office.
"Detective Micah Flick was an 11-year veteran of the sheriff's office. He was killed in the line of duty. Deputy Scott Stone was a five-year veteran assigned to patrol. He was wounded by gunfire and is currently in stable condition at Memorial Hospital. Detective Sgt. Jacob Abendschan is a 16-year veteran. He was wounded by gunfire. His condition is good.
"I want to say that on my first day as sheriff of El Paso County, I was asked what my biggest fear was. My response was that my fear was losing a member of this family to tragedy in the line of duty. And last night that fear became a reality. And my heart is broken. Not only is my heart for the family of Deputy Flick, but for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and for the members of this community. And I ask that this community, this state and our great nation pray for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and that they hold the Flick family up in prayer.
"And while our office is mourning the loss of Deputy Flick, I want everybody to know that almost everyone in this agency knew him. They knew that he was not only a great deputy, he was a great father, a great husband, and a great friend to many.
"I want to thank many first responders who came to our aid yesterday, who responded at a moment's notice, who rendered aid to those deputies who were injured but also tried to save Deputy Flick's life. You know, it's in these times of need that we see what this community is made of and the community of first responders brings. We're fortunate to live in this community. We're fortunate that the relationships that we enjoy amongst the family of first responders, both the police department, the fire department, the outside agencies around this community are as strong as they are.
"And I thank those leaders who have been by my side since. But I also want the community to know this is a strong agency. That the brave men and women of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office will continue to serve this community. They will continue to do the job that we ask them to do day in and day out. And these are dangerous jobs in dangerous jobs, but these men and women are here to serve. And I am proud to be the sheriff of El Paso County today. And I ask that everyone say a prayer for the Flick family, for the sheriff's office, and we will announce in the coming days the funeral; the arrangements for Deputy Flick are pending.
"If people want to make donations, they can make them to the El Paso County Sheriff's Foundation for Deputy Micah Flick at 1980 Dominion Way, Ste. 200, Colorado Springs, Colorado. We will put that on our website, we will tweet it in just a little bit. We will make it available."
More from Elder in the news conference:
-Elder said one of the hardest moments for him was sitting with Flick's widow and 7-year-old twins after his death. The Flick family is "heartbroken," he said, and this is a tough thing to explain to two kids.
"I spent a lot of time last night with them. They're heartbroken and rightly so. The brave, honorable young man was taken ... and they are heartbroken, and this is a good man, this is a great father. He leaves behind two young children, a 7-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl, twins. They're beautiful, and it's heartbreaking to hear a mom and a wife explain to their children that Dad's been killed and he is now with Jesus -- how do you do that? Deputy Flick is the age of my two sons, and I don't know how you deal with that. As a parent I don't know.
-Flick served the community he was raised in. He grew up in Colorado Springs and was a graduate of Colorado Springs Christian Schools. He was a great man who was "extremely" well-respected and did well at what he did.
"That's why he progressed through the ranks in quick fashion."
-Deputy Stone suffered a gunshot wound to his abdomen, which does not appear to be life-threatening. The injury to Sgt. Abendschan appears to be shrapnel from one of the rounds, but Elder was not certain.
-Said the sheriff's office is in shock.
"You don't even know what to say, you just hug them. They're in shock, everybody -- like I said earlier, everybody knows him. ... It's shocking ... this is a family, this is not just a business down the street, this is a family. We spend a lot of time together, we spend a lot of very stressful emotional times together."
9:50 a.m.: The El Paso County Sheriff's Office had identified the two surviving deputies in a shootout with a suspect Monday afternoon.
The shooting ended with the suspect and Deputy Micah Flick both dead.
The Colorado Springs police officer who was hurt has not been identified, but he was last reported to be in stable condition following surgery.
A memorial continues to grow in front of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office building for Flick.
Memorial for fallen Deputy Micah Flick is growing outside the @EPCSheriff Office. Employee just came outside and told me to thank the community for all of their support. @KKTV11News pic.twitter.com/O9OuprmPvN— Catherine Silver (@CatSilverTV) February 6, 2018
6:50 a.m.: Residents at the Murray Hill Apartments are being allowed back into their homes with a police escort.
The complex is in the area where the shooting occurred late Monday afternoon.
Roads in the area have also been reopened.
6:10 a.m.: One of the three surviving law enforcement officers injured in the shooting Monday afternoon has been released from the hospital.
The officer has not been identified, but we are told they are a deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
One deputy and one Springs police officer remain in the hospital. Both were last reported to be in stable condition.
6:07 a.m.: The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is warning the public not to give to any fund purporting to be for the Flick family.
At this time, the sheriff's office is in the process of getting a GoFundMe in place, sheriff's office spokesperson Jackie Kirby tells 11 News. Any other fundraiser is not verified by EPSO and could be a scam.
"[The fundraiser] will come officially from the sheriff's office. Unfortunately, there are people who do like to take advantage during horrific times like this. Please hold off on your donations until we get that page set up," Kirby said.
Midnight, 2/6: Colorado Springs Police Chief Carey has released a statement:
"It is with deep regret that I announce the February 5, 2018, passing of El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Micah Flick. More information will be provided by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in the coming days.
With a heavy heart, I authorize the wearing of the mourning band in the 2 o’clock to 8 o’clock position through midnight of the day of the service, in respect for Deputy Micah Flick."
MONDAY 10 p.m.: Watch the full law enforcement procession honoring Deputy Micah Flick below: