COLORADO SPRINGS — An unknown number of Colorado Springs Police were involved in an officer-involved shooting on Areoplaza Drive near Panorama Park on Thursday morning.
According to Lt. Pamela Castro with the Colorado Springs Police Department, the Tactical Enforcement Unit with the department was called to assist the United States Marshal Service and Colorado State Parole in arresting a wanted fugitive.
The individual in question was wanted on multiple felony warrants and has had a violent past according to CSPD. The man was found inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the 1700 block of Aeroplaza at a Days Inn hotel.
Tactical Enforcement Unit officers attempted to take the man into custody when he allegedly tried to escape in his vehicle but efforts were unsuccessful. CSPD says the man then exited his vehicle and began to run on foot to a nearby business.
The Colorado Springs Police Department deployed a K9 officer to continue the pursuit. While the K9 officer was chasing the man police say he allegedly brandished a firearm. At least one CSPD Officer fired at least one round.
The Tactical Enforcement Unit took the man into custody, administered aid at the scene and the man was eventually taken to the hospital. In a news release Friday, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirmed the man died from his wounds at the hospital.
There is no related ongoing threat to the public. No officers were injured during the shooting including the K9 officer deployed, according to CSPD officials.
Under Colorado Law, whenever an agency is involved in a shooting, another agency in the region handles the investigation. When a Colorado Springs Police officer is involved, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office usually takes the lead on the investigation. The findings of the investigation are turned over to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office for review on whether a shooting is justified.
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