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News5 obtains video showing officers and suspect involved in Saturday's fatal shooting

Posted at 10:58 AM, Aug 07, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS — News5 obtained surveillance video from a homeowner that captured the end of Saturday's officer-involved shooting in Colorado Springs that left 19-year-old De'Von Bailey dead.

The video shows two officers chasing Bailey, who falls down while his back is to officers. The video goes on to show officers place Bailey in handcuffs while he is lying down and eventually begin chest compressions. Bailey later died at a hospital from his injuries.

It is not obvious in the video if Bailey is armed at that point in the pursuit. Investigators told News5 a firearm was recovered from the scene. The video does not provide any information about exactly when the shooting happened and doesn't contain audio, but the neighbor who shared the video with News5 said she heard multiple gunshots outside of their home Saturday.

News5 obtains video showing officers and suspect involved in Saturday's fatal shooting

"I heard the gentleman that was laying on the ground saying 'you didn't have to do that' and the police officer said, 'but you ran,'" the neighbor told News5 on Wednesday. "Then I saw him turn him over, cuff him, turn him back over. That's when the officer said 'I need a medpack or a medbag, something like that, and the other officer brought it to him and he started compressions."

A Colorado Springs police spokesperson said that Bailey reached for a weapon in his waistband, which prompted officers to shoot. However, a woman who said she witnessed the shooting said officers shot Bailey seven times in the back.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Public Information Office Natalie Sosa declined to comment on the video, citing the ongoing investigation.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office, the lead agency in this investigation, is not releasing very much information on the case. Here's what we know so far. The Colorado Springs Police officers responded to a reported personal robbery in the 2400 block of E. Fountain Blvd. around 6:45 p.m. Saturday. A release states, "Upon arrival, officers interviewed the victim who identified two suspects. Officers contacted the suspects and during the encounter, one suspect reached for a firearm. At least one officer fired a shot at the suspect."

The pursuit ended in the 2100 block of Preuss Street, which is approximately .3 miles on foot from 2400 E. Fountain Boulevard, where officers responded to the initial call. However, it's not clear exactly where officers began chasing Bailey or how long they chased Bailey on foot.

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Authorities have not yet released body camera video from the officers, which could show the events leading up to the start of the surveillance video obtained by News5 Wednesday morning.

The shooting prompted protests, which briefly turned violent Monday afternoon outside of the Colorado Springs Police Operations Center in a scuffle between the group and two armed counterprotesters.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers issued a statement Tuesday night calling for patience while the El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigates the shooting. Part of that statement read, "We know that there can be frustration with the time this takes, but we cannot compromise the investigation by failing to spend the appropriate time gathering the facts; that would serve no one."

Police have not released the names of the officers that were involved in the shooting.

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