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Officer-involved shooting reported near Palmer Park

Posted at 5:05 PM, Oct 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-08 00:56:27-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Police Officers exchanged gunfire with a robbery suspect Thursday afternoon just inside the entrance to Palmer Park. Department spokesperson Natashia Kerr told reporters that detectives with the robbery unit spotted a vehicle at the park that they had connected to a pair of recent bank robberies.

"When officers went to go contact that vehicle, the suspect inside fires at least one round at officers and at least one officer fired at least one round in return," Kerr said.

No officers were injured in the exchange. The suspect was placed into custody and then given medical aid on the scene before being taken to the hospital.

"This was an isolated incident. So, there's no immediate threat to the public at this time," added Kerr.

The park was closed for several hours as investigators gathered evidence. Additional information about the shooting will be released by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office which is conducting the use of force investigation.

This is the second officer-involved shooting in Colorado Springs this week. On Sunday, a CSPD officer fatally shot David Jaques, 24, near the Walmart on East Platte Avenue. Investigators believe Jaques fired a handgun at the officer before the officer returned fire.

This is a developing story.
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