Officer Involved Shooting Willow Springs Ponds

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On Monday, May 24, 2021, at approximately 3:30 PM, Fountain Police Department (FPD) officers and a deputy from the El Paso County Sherriff’s Office (EPSO), came in contact with an armed individual at the Willow Springs Ponds in Fountain, Colorado 80817. The park was evacuated and containment was set up. Once that occurred, members from the EPSO’s Tactical Support Unit arrived to help. The unit is made up of the SWAT Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, Tactical Emergency Medical Service (TEMS), and K-9 Team. They then began negotiating with the male suspect. The negations went on for several hours. During the negotiations, numerous attempts to deescalate were attempted. These included talking with the male and the use of less-lethal tools.

At one point during the incident, a deputy from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office fired his duty weapon at least one time, striking the adult male suspect at least once. Medical personal from TEMS immediately started life-saving measures and the suspect was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. No officers were injured in this incident.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy has been placed on administrative leave per the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Policy.

In accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 16-2.5-301, the Colorado Springs Police Department is the lead investigative agency for this officer-involved shooting. This is an ongoing investigation and information will be released as appropriate. All information regarding the deadly force investigation will come from the Colorado Springs Police Department. Information regarding the law enforcement officer involved in this incident will come from their respective agency.

This is still an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information or who is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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