On September 29, 2019, at approximately 3:06 P.M., the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) received a call for service advising that an individual was shooting a pellet gun at pedestrians and vehicles from inside a residence in the 200 block of 2nd Street, in Monument, Colorado. The Sheriff’s Office, along with the Monument Police Department, Palmer Lake Police Department, and Colorado State Patrol responded to the scene. EPSO’s SWAT team also responded to assist after the suspect barricaded himself in the residence.
When officers attempted to make contact, the suspect fired multiple projectiles at an occupied EPSO marked cruiser, damaging the front windshield and shattering a door window. The deputy inside the vehicle was unharmed. The suspect also caused damage to several other law enforcement vehicles.
During the attempted contact with the suspect, at least one shot was fired by an El Paso County deputy, striking the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity of the deceased will be released after the Coroner’s Office makes positive identification and the next of kin is notified.
The deputies involved were uninjured and have been placed on routine administrative leave in accordance with EPSO policy. There is no current threat to the community regarding this incident.
In accordance with Senate Bill 15-219, Concerning Measures to Provide Additional Transparency to Peace Officer-Involved Shootings, the Colorado Springs Police Departments Deadly Force Investigation Team will be investigating this officer-involved shooting. Colorado Revised Statute 16-2.5-301 provides the statutory requirements for these investigations.
This is an ongoing investigation and all updates will only be provided by the CSPD Public Information Office.