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Hickenlooper orders flag to half-staff, politicians lament El Paso County deputy's slaying

February 5, 2018 Updated: February 6, 2018 at 10:45 am
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An American Flag waves in the wind as a police procession going on S. Nevada Ave., was held for the fallen El Paso County sheriff deputy Micah Flick, 34, who was killed on Monday February 5, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Monday was his 11th anniversary with the sheriff's office and he is survived by his wife and seven-year-old twins.

Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings Tuesday in honor of El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick, who was killed while on duty Monday.

The death spurred Colorado politicians to express their condolences in tweets Monday night. Flick was the third Colorado sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty over the past five weeks.

"There is no denying the grave impact this sequence of shootings is having on our state," Hickenlooper said in a statement. "We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy's loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured; however, we must also come together to say enough is enough.

"We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service."

U.S. Sen.Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, tweeted that his "heart breaks" for Flick and his family. "We owe everything to these brave, selfless heroes," he wrote.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, tweeted that he is "devastated by this senseless act against law enforcement who put their lives on the line to protect communities."

Fountain Mayor Gabriel P. Ortega released a statement that his city is "forever grateful for the Deputy's brave sacrifice."

"To our brothers and sisters in the El Paso County Sheriff's Department and Colorado Springs Police Department, we stand with you," he wrote.

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, tweeted a picture of a shrouded El Paso County Sheriff's Office badge and said he had a "heavy heart." 

U.S. Reps. Ken Buck and Mike Coffman, both Colorado Republicans, tweeted similar sentiments, as did state Sen. Owen Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican.

"Please pray," Hill tweeted earlier.

Democratic state Rep. Pete Lee, of Colorado Springs, called Flick's death "a true loss to our community."

"We'll never have an explanation good enough for his twins," tweeted Rep. Matt Gray, of Broomfield.

Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm was killed Jan. 24 and Douglas County sheriff's Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed on New Year's Eve.

Gumm, 31, was shot while chasing a suspect. Parrish, 29, was shot in suburban Denver during an ambush by a man with a history of mental health issues.

Monday's shooting occurred in a neighborhood of single-family homes and apartments in east Colorado Springs.

The Gazette's Kaitlin Durbin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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