Off-duty Colorado Springs officer cleared in deadly shooting for self-defense

Published: Feb. 27, 2020 at 4:48 AM MST
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An off-duty Colorado Springs Police officer was cleared in a deadly shooting. The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office named 28-year-old Desmond Hayes as the suspect in the Feb. 27 case.

The officer was sitting in the Carl's Jr. drive-thru when the suspect reportedly clambered into his vehicle at about 3:45 in the morning.

"An off-duty officer was getting food. They just got off shift, and then a male approached them and said he had a handgun," CSPD spokesperson Sgt. Jason Newton told 11 News.

The off-duty officer shot and killed the suspect. Police say he was not in a marked vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Newton said there was a quick response by law enforcement because police had been called to a robbery at the neighboring Loaf 'n Jug around the same time. The investigation

Court documents show that just 10 days before the shooting, Hayes pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges.

Because the shooting involved a Colorado Springs police officer, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office took over the investigation as the outside agency, which is standard procedure.

"Colorado Springs Police Department is still investigating the original robbery at the gas station. ... The shooting will be handed over to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, and they will investigate that," Newton said.

The release from the district attorney's office stated Hayes was committing attempted second-degree kidnapping at the time of the shooting.

Colorado Springs police say an off-duty officer shot and killed a man who approached the officer in the drive-thru of a restaurant and said he had a gun. Reporter Jenna Middaugh is LIVE on the scene near Powers and Galley with updates.

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Thursday, February 27, 2020

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