A Colorado Springs police chase ended just before noon Friday when offices fatally shot suspect at a 7-Eleven in Widefield, authorities said.
Lt. Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County Sheriff’s office said police were tailing a suspect in connection with multiple felony warrants. Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the chase and subsequent shooting because the chain of events ended in an unincorporated area.
The chase led police to the store at 5 Widefield Blvd — near Widefield and Fontaine boulevards. That is when the armed suspect, driving a small red pickup truck, rammed a police cruiser, Kramer said.
Police fired at the man who died at the scene, Kramer said.
The identity of the man who died and details about the warrants had not been released. That information likely won’t be available for several days until the autopsy is complete and next of kin are notified, Kramer said.
Helen Cravener, who works at Spirits House Liquors at 6 Widefield Blvd., said she was stocking shelves just before noon when she heard “a loud boom and at least six or seven shots.”
“And then there were lots of police everywhere,” Cravener said.
Kramer said the incident ended at 11:59 a.m.
At about 3 p.m., local residents gathered in small clumps in the shopping center across Widefield Boulevard from the 7-Eleven.
For Widefield, this is pretty wild stuff, several said.
The incident occurred in a heavily traveled intersection, said Kramer.
Gary Thundercloud was headed to the Edward Jones Investments office next to the 7-Eleven. He would have to wait. Yellow tape blocked access to the area.
“This is just a cool town, with connections to Security,” he said.
“Crazy stuff,” said Ed Olsen, who lives two blocks from the 7-Eleven. “It’s sad, but this happens everywhere.”
Friday’s incident was third time in 2012 a Colorado Springs police officer has shot someone.
On Feb. 28, Dominic Oliver was shot after he had taken multiple people hostage at Urological Associates on Printers Parkway. Police tried to rescue four people who were hiding in the building when Oliver saw the officers and raised his gun in the direction of police, who fired two shots.
Oliver died at Memorial Hospital. The 4th Judicial District Attorney ruled that the Feb. 28 shooting was justified.
The second incident happened early Dec. 4 when 23-year-old Robert Kresky was gunned down by police near the intersection of Bijou Street and Swope Avenue.
Kresky was shot after a chase that began near Powers and Astrozon boulevards when police tried to pull over a stolen vehicle. The vehicle collided with a car near Bijou and Swope.
That’s when Kresky apparently tried to run from police and was shot.
The officer involved in Kresky’s shooting was placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete, police said.