Tactical gear donation comes 1 day after officers come under fire

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - 11 News is working to find out what led up to a shooting in Colorado Springs Monday night. About 24 hours after first responders came under fire in an active shooter situation, a donation of tactical gear was made to protect those who serve our community.

Police dispatch recordings from Monday night give a little insight into what emergency crews were up against when they responded to a call of shots fired that left two people injured before the suspected shooter and another person were found dead.

"Command we're taking fire, we're taking fire." An officer on scene called out over dispatch on Monday night.

It was a massive, active and chaotic scene at Academy and Village Road South. With two confirmed shooting victims, the shooter continued firing shots in the direction of first responders.

"Be advised, from his second-floor window to the north, he has a view of anybody at the entryway so if you're up there take cover." An officer could be heard over the scanner describing the location of the shooter.

The situation was a reminder that officers and other first responders are putting themselves in the line of fire to protect the public.

"This is something that an officer won't wear every day," explained Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey referencing donated tactical gear. "But when the big deal comes like last night, when we are facing long guns and rifles and things like this, this [tactical gear] lets the officers go home."

Tuesday, thanks to community members and a non-profit called Shield 616, 30 El Paso County sheriff's deputies received kits worth a couple thousand dollars. Deputies already have protective gear for active shooter situations, but this gear -- what they call an armor package -- is a step above that.

"It's absolutely critical and it's awesome," said deputy John Hammond with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "It gives me the security to know that it's sitting right next to me in my patrol car."

Hundreds of kits have been given out by Shield 616, but there's still more work to be done.

"We can outfit the remainder of CSPD; they've got over 500 so far of these 700 that they need," said Sheriff Bill Elder with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "We need a couple hundred more, we need about 150 more, we can do this this."

The kits were handed out to deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Tuesday night. Shield 616 hopes to have every officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department outfitted with one of the tactical kits by 2018.