Man killed in shooting involving police in southeast Colorado Springs

Shooting investigation in southeast Colorado Springs on July 23, 2019. Police taped off a large area outside an apartment complex. Photo of Josh Vigil from his family.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Law enforcement is now investigating the events leading up to police fatally shooting a man at a southeast Springs apartment complex Tuesday night.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office, as the outside agency, is now heading the investigation. This is standard procedure anytime there is an officer-involved shooting.

The sheriff's office identified the man shot on Thursday as Josh Vigil.

Police say the incident started with reports of a man walking near Monterey Park with a gun just before 6 p.m.

Lt. Jim Sokolik with the Colorado Springs Police Department said officers made contact with Vigil. He reportedly got into his car and he fled the scene. Officers did not follow him at that time.

A short time later, police found Vigil's vehicle crashed less than two miles from the original scene. Vigil had ditched the car.

"The first thing I noticed was a Mustang that crashed into a retaining wall," said witness Josh Wolfaardt, who was stuck in rush hour traffic as he passed the scene.

Officers aired a description of the man and soon tracked him down to the nearby Fountain Garden Apartments.

"They contacted the suspect in the foyer of the building," Sokolik said.

During that confrontation, officers opened fire.

Wolfaardt was still in his vehicle as the events were unfolding.

"I saw two police officers; they raised up their guns and started shooting maybe six to 10 rounds -- somewhere in between there -- and just kind of saw the smoke coming off the guns, saw the glass kind of getting hit by a couple of bullets, and it looked like somebody getting hit by them too."

Vigil was hit and taken to the hospital for treatment. The sheriff's office confirmed Wednesday he had died from his injuries.

As of Tuesday night, police and the sheriff's office could not confirm how many officers fired their weapons or how many shots were fired.

"We know that at least one officer fired. We know that at least one shot was fired, but that is something that the investigation will reveal," said EPSO spokesperson Jacqueline Kirby.

Sokolik said three officers would be placed on administrative leave, as is routine for law enforcement involved in a shooting.

Investigators don't know why Vigil crashed his car and have not said what occurred the confrontation just prior to the shooting.

Vigil's family has a GoFundMe page set up to help pay for funeral expenses at this link.

We will continue to update this story as we learn new details.