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Video released of police shooting that left a teen car jacking suspect injured

Posted at 5:18 PM, Dec 19, 2023
and last updated 2024-01-05 21:56:37-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Springs Police Department released body cam footage of a police shooting last month. It happened around 4 a.m. on Dec. 16 near the intersection of Constitution Ave. and N. Powers Blvd.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says that the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) contacted three teenagers all under the age of 18 near that the intersection.

CSPD, as well as deputies with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, encountered the suspects in a stolen vehicle, who they believed were involved in at least two car-jacking attempts earlier that morning across the county.

After law enforcement attempted to pull the teens over, deputies and police said the teenagers took off. The department says that officers chased the suspects from a drive-thru, hitting the back of their car to get them to stop.

The video shows one of the officers telling the suspects to show their hands. After that, you can hear one of the officers shout "gun" before firing a weapon.

A 16-year-old male was shot while sitting in the passenger seat of the car. He was taken to the hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries. CSPD says he has since been released from the hospital.

The 16-year-old is faced with the following charges:

  • assault on a peace officer
  • attempted murder
  • attempted aggravated robbery
  • motor vehicle theft

The other two suspects are a 15-year-old male and a 16-year-old female, according to police. They are facing the following charges:

  • attempted murder
  • attempted aggravated robbery
  • motor vehicle theft

The department says Officer Joshua Singels was involved in the incident. After the shooting, per policy, Officer Singles and another officer were placed on administrative leave. CSPD says they have returned to work.
Due to the nature of the suspects being under 18 under Colorado law, their identities will not be released by the department. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigator in this police involved shooting per Colorado statutes. The Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office will release its determination on if the shooting was justified following the investigation.

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