OIS - 2500 block of Verde Drive

On January 23, 2019, at approximately 7:18 PM, Officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department responded to reports of multiple shots fired in the 2500 block of Verde Drive. When officers arrived on scene they encountered an armed suspect and shots were fired. Please see attached El Paso County Sheriff’s Office news release for additional information.

The officers involved in this incident are Officer Max Nevarez and Officer Mathew Waldera. Officer Nevarez has been employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department since January 2012, and is currently assigned to the Sand Creek Division, Shift II. Officer Waldera has been employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department since October 2012, and is currently assigned to the Sand Creek Division, Shift II.

As a result of Senate Bill 15-219, Concerning Measures to Provide Additional Transparency to Peace Officer-Involved Shootings, the El Paso County 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.