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61-year-old Colorado Springs man killed after pointing gun at deputies during traffic stop

Posted at 4:45 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 19:05:35-04

DOUGLAS COUNTY – A 61-year-old Colorado Springs man was killed after he pointed a gun at deputies during a traffic stop in August.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released body cam video of the incident, where a man in the right rear passenger side of a truck is seen getting out of the vehicle and pointing a gun at deputies. In the video, the deputies exchange fire and the man is then seen hitting the ground.

(Douglas County Sheriff’s Office)
(Douglas County Sheriff’s Office)

He was later identified as 61-year-old Paul Askins of Colorado Springs.

The officer-involved shooting happened during a traffic stop on August 31. According to a release, two deputies made the stop after a truck was seen making an unsafe turn on Highway 85, north of Delva Road, around 4:41 p.m.

Deputies said the truck had four people in it, including two adult men and two adult women.

After speaking with the driver, deputies discovered the woman was a person listed on a protection order against the man matching the description of the right rear passenger, later identified as Askins.

(Mug shot of 61-year-old Paul Askins of Colorado Springs)

The women and the other man in the truck were reportedly cooperative with deputies, but the right rear passenger wouldn’t give his legal name, according to a release. Askins was asked to step out of the car multiple times before he came out with a pistol and pointed it at deputies, the sheriff’s office said.

He continued to move forward, so deputies exchanged fire, shooting Askins multiple times leading to his death. The sheriff’s office said Askins had two warrants out of El Paso County for Second Degree Burglary and Failure to Appear.

The names of the deputies involved are not being released at this time. This is an ongoing and active investigation.