COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is managing the investigation into a shooting involving a Colorado Springs Police Department officer.
On Sunday, a CSPD officer was dispatched to the Walmart in the 3200 block of East Platte Avenue at around 3:50 p.m. for a person suspected of shoplifting.
The man ran away as the officer tried to make contact, according to the sheriff's office. The officer later caught up to the suspect hiding behind a vehicle in a parking lot.
Investigators say the officer used a taser against the suspect when he failed to comply.
As the officer was doing so, the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired at the officer. The officer then fired back, mortally wounding the suspect.
The sheriff's office says 24-year-old David Jacques Junior later died at the hospital.
The CSPD officer was not injured during the incident and is now on leave, per department policy, pending the results of the investigation.
When the sheriff's office concludes their investigation the information will be turned over to the 4th Judicial District for review.