COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A deadly officer-involved shooting in Colorado Springs tied to a fire remains under investigation.
Shooting involving police in Colorado Springs. April 24, 2019.
On April 26, the sheriff's office identified the suspect as Jonathan Patzel. Patzel reportedly "brandished a weapon and began moving towards officers and shots were fired," according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
Police initially responded the 2500 block of Hancock Expressway near Delta in the southeast part of the city at about 5 p.m. on April 24, responding to a report of a disturbance.
At one point an apartment caught fire. The blaze is tied to the shooting, but it isn't clear how. The sheriff's office only stated the fire was human caused.
Neighbors tell 11 News they heard anywhere from six to eight gunshots.
"Police were already on scene evacuating the building at that time," neighbor Ed Estes explained. "About five minutes later fire trucks started rolling in they laid ladders on the building, busted the glass."
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is handling the shots fired investigation since two Colorado Springs police officers were involved.
70 people were displaced from the apartment complex to protect the investigation. It isn't clear how many apartments were damaged by the fire.
The officers involved were identified as Officer Colton Graham and Officer Thomas Walling. According to police, Walling has been employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department since July 10, 2017. Officer Graham has been employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department since March 19, 2018.