Suspect who was shot after threatening Springs off-duty officer in fast-food drive-thru ID'd

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Law enforcement has identified the man who was shot and killed after breaking into an off-duty police officer's car and threatened him with a weapon.

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

The officer was sitting in the Carl's Jr. drive-thru when the suspect clambered into his vehicle.

"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.

It's unknown exactly what transpired next between the officer and suspect, but Newton did confirm the officer shot the suspect at least once.

"The off-duty officer fired the weapon at least one time, striking the male at least one time," Newton said. "The officer is uninjured at this time. The male is deceased."

It's unclear if at the time of the shooting, the officer was still in uniform. Police say he was not in a marked vehicle.

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. Law enforcement
is now investigating
whether the suspect in that robbery was the same man who threatened the officer.

"The Colorado Springs Police Department, we were investigating a robbery at the gas station, and the call actually came in as a shooting," Newton said.

They are also investigating a possible link with a robbery a few hours earlier and about a mile away.

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

Because the shooting involved a Springs police officer, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office will be taking 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.

Police are asking anyone that was in the area of Powers Boulevard and Galley Road on Feb. 27 between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. to call the Sheriff's Tip Line at 719-520-6666.