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Man shot in standoff was Fort Carson soldier; vet says he struggled with PTSD

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: November 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

The man fatally shot by police during a standoff in Fountain on Monday was a Fort Carson soldier who had completed deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Fort Carson's public affairs confirmed Jonathan D. Clark III, 25, had been stationed at the Mountain Post since July 2009, assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team with the 4th Infantry Division.

Clark, from Germantown, N.Y., had most recently completed a four-month deployment to Kuwait and had returned to Fort Carson in June.

Clark was shot in the chest and hand during a standoff with two Fountain police officers, and died at a Memorial Hospital Central late Monday night. The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, Fountain Police Chief Todd Evans said.

The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office is investigating the shooting.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. Monday by the intersection of Crest Drive and Crest Street, as police were dispatched to a car crash and shots fired call.

Police said Clark was sitting in a vehicle and holding a weapon. The two Fountain police officers tried to talk to Clark but he allegedly pointed the gun at them, at which point shots were fired.

According to a family friend, Clark is survived by his wife and a child.

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