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El Paso County Deputy killed in the line of duty

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The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is mourning the death of 34-year-old Micah Flick, killed in the line of duty on Monday during an auto theft investigation in Colorado Springs. 

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said, "Deputy Flick was an outstanding member of my agency and he will be missed." 

Flick is survived by his wife and 7-year old twins. Today was his 11th anniversary with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. 

For those looking for a way to make a donation to assist the Flick family, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is working on an account as of Tuesday morning. They ask the public to “please hold off on your financial donations until that is released by the Sheriff’s Office.”  An announcement is expected today.

(Above: Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey and El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder provide a briefing on the shootings)

Colorado Springs Police officers, El Paso County Sheriff's deputies and Colorado State Patrol officers responded to the area of Galley and N Murray on a motor vehicle theft investigation around 4:00 p.m. Monday.

Police Chief Pete Carey said that an adult male suspect was approached, when a struggle began and shots were fired. A civilian was hit during the incident, along with three El Paso County Sheriff's deputies and one Colorado Springs Police officer.

Deputy Scott Stone is in stable condition. Sergeant Jake Abendshan was treated and released from the hospital last night. Detective Marcus Yanez of Colorado Springs Police underwent surgery last night and has since been released from the hospital. 

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office activated the Deadly Force Incident Team. Per Colorado law, all officer involved shootings are handled in this manner.

This was a very active scene all afternoon, as several ambulances rushed those injured to UCHealth Memorial Central Hospital.

The shooting scene is near an apartment complex in southeastern Colorado Springs. A witness told News 5 he saw multiple people on the ground outside his apartment, one of which was receiving CPR. He also heard people yelling at someone to "drop the pistol."

The intersection of Galley Rd and N Murray remained closed while an investigation was underway. Colorado Springs Communications tweeted that CSPD and CSFD were on "priority dispatch" due to the critical incident. 

Colorado Springs Police tweeted earlier that "all suspects are accounted for." The suspect, later identified by police as 19-year old Manuel Zetina of Colorado Springs, was shot and killed during the incident. 

Agencies across Colorado have been tweeting out their condolences and support to Colorado Springs Police and El Paso County Sheriff's Deputies, as there have been a number of senseless acts of violence throughout the state over the past few weeks. 

Governor Hickenlooper issued a statement on the death of the deputy and the others injured involving gun violence:

“A senseless act of violence has claimed the life of another member of Colorado’s law enforcement family. Late this afternoon, we learned that El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Micah Flick was killed, two other deputies were injured, as was a Colorado Springs police officer and two bystanders. With the recent loss of now three deputies and many others injured, there’s no denying the grave impact this sequence of shootings is having on our state.

“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 also must come together and say enough is enough. We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service.”

Colorado Representative Doug Lamborn also issued a statement as people around the state continue to mourn yet another fallen officer.

"With a heavy heart, I join all of Colorado in mourning the tragic death of El Paso County Deputy Sheriff Detective Micah Flick. The eleven-year veteran was killed in the line of duty tonight in Colorado Springs. Three other El Paso County Sheriff's Deputies and a Colorado Springs Police Officer we're injured in the same incident. I ask all of Colorado and the nation to join me in prayer for our law enforcement officers and their families,"


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