Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting in Colorado Springs

February 21, 2017 Updated: February 22, 2017 at 8:52 am
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Palmer Park Boulevard and Circle Drive was closed Tuesday evening, February 21, 2017, after a suspect was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting. (Ellie Mulder, The Gazette)

A suspect is dead after a pursuit ended in an officer-involved shooting Tuesday near Palmer Park Boulevard and North Circle Drive, Colorado Springs police said.

"Our officers were in the area, attempting to take an individual into custody," said police Lt. Howard Black. "A pursuit ensued, there was some other criminal activity that occurred ... (and) the suspect that officers were chasing was pronounced dead at a local hospital."

No officers were injured during the incident.

The pursuit began near East Fillmore Street and Illinois Avenue, Black said. Police did not say when the incident occurred or why the pursuit began. The names of those involved have not been released.

"There is absolutely no risk to our community," Black said. "All individuals are accounted for at this incident."

Drivers were advised to avoid the area of Palmer Park Boulevard and North Circle Drive, where there was a heavy police presence. "Circle will be closed down for hours," Black said.

Police are also investigating a second scene near East Fillmore Street and Templeton Gap Road.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office will lead the investigation, following the state mandate that a third party handle incidents involving a law enforcement agency's use of deadly force.

Colorado Springs police last shot and killed a suspect June 22 near a 7-Eleven in the area of San Marcos Drive, Delta Drive and Hancock Expressway.

Officer William Watson shot 25-year-old Josiah Williams, who reportedly was walking with an alcoholic beverage in one hand and a handgun in the other. The 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office later ruled that Watson would not face charges.

During the encounter, in which Watson continually asked Williams to drop his gun, Williams fired one round at Watson but missed, and then Watson fired multiple rounds, hitting Williams in the abdomen.

Two suspects have been shot by Colorado Springs police this year, though neither was fatally wounded.

A juvenile suspected in multiple violent crimes was shot and wounded Jan. 5 after SWAT officers tried to arrest him at an apartment complex in the 800 block of Chapman Drive.

The suspect, whose name and age were not released, was seriously injured and taken to an area hospital.

A man injured during a shooting with police Jan. 12 reportedly fired at officers first. Shawn Michael Oliver, 39, was wanted on two felonies out of Adams County at the time.

He was described as being "suspicious" at the Arby's restaurant at 615 W. Garden of the Gods Road. That's where he reportedly fired at officers, who returned fire.

Oliver was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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