COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police have released video and audio clips from a deadly officer-involved shooting over the summer.
The suspect is seen running from officers minutes before the shooting. (Image courtesy of CSPD)
The recordings come from officers' body cameras and show their real-time perspectives during the incident.
The videos can be viewed at the bottom of this article.
The shooting was found to be justified by the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office late October.
Suspect Steven Young, 45, pulled a pellet pistol on officers before he was shot and killed by an officer on Aug. 14.
The incident started as a shoplifting call at the Platte Avenue Walmart in Colorado Springs just after 11:30 p.m. When the suspect saw officers pull up, he reportedly ran from the scene and led police on a chase several blocks south of the Walmart to a neighborhood near Bijou Street and Brentwood Drive.
The sheriff's office said the suspect brandished what looked like an authentic firearm at police and was shot by an officer in response.
After the shooting, law enforcement determined the weapon Young was carrying was a Crosman Vigilante pellet pistol, which authorities said is "almost an exact replica of a firearm."
The sheriff's office said Young had been involved in three car chases with police since June 26 while driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee. The Cherokee was found in the Walmart parking lot during the shooting investigation.
The officer who fired the fatal shot was wearing a body-worn camera. Identified as Anthony Voltz, he has been an officer with the Colorado Springs department since 2008.
No police were hurt during the incident.
The DA's office put out the following statement last October:
During the chase officers briefly lost sight of the suspect until Officer Voltz heard rustling in bushes near a home on E. Bijou, where he stopped his vehicle with its flashing lights activated. Once stopped, the suspect jumped out from behind the bushes and Officer Voltz saw that the suspect was holding a firearm (later determined to be a CO2 pellet gun) in his right hand. The suspect then began to run in the direction of other officers. Officer Voltz aired over the radio that the suspect had a gun. The suspect continued to run, ignoring the officer’s command to get on the ground. Officer Voltz stated that the suspect began to turn toward him causing the officer to fear that he was about to be shot. Officer Voltz fired, hitting the suspect. All of the officers involved in this incident, including Officer Voltz, were wearing body worn cameras; however, due to the lack of lighting and/or rapid movement of the officers, every image was not clearly captured.
During the investigation, the weapon used by the suspect was determined to be a Crosman Vigilante Revolver .177 Caliber CO2 Air Pistol. Steven Young was seen driving a stolen jeep to the Wal-Mart on Platte. Young stole the Jeep in June 2017 and had since been involved in numerous high speed chases with law enforcement. During a search of the Jeep CO2 cartridges and pellets were found that are consistent with the weapon brandished by Mr. Young. It was also determined that the suspect had amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system. In addition, text messages exchanged by acquaintances of Steven Young were later discovered in which he reportedly indicated he would not be taken alive.
Colorado Revised Statutes 18-1-707 provides that an officer is justified in using deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that it is necessary to defend himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be the imminent use of deadly physical force. In addition, Colorado Revised Statutes 18-1-704 provides all citizens with the right to defend themselves with deadly force if they reasonably believe they are in imminent danger of being killed or of receiving great bodily injury and reasonably believe a lesser degree of force is inadequate. Under either standard, Colorado law allows an individual to act based on their subjective reasonable belief.