By Kathleen Foody and P. Soloman Banda, AP and TIME
A Colorado sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed on Monday, the third officer to be gunned down in the line of duty in the state in the past five weeks.
El Paso County Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was killed while he and other officers were investigating a stolen vehicle in Colorado Springs, about 70 miles south of Denver, authorities said.
Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey said the officers were struggling with the male suspect when shots were fired.
(El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder confirms 34-year-old Micah Flick was killed in the line of duty during an auto theft investigation. Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey says State Patrol, deputies and police officers were involved in the investigation. 3 deputies, 1 CSPD officer, and 1 civilian were shot. The suspect is deceased. Courtesy of KOAA 5 and YouTube. Posted on Feb 5, 2018)
Two other deputies, a Colorado Springs police officer and a bystander were also shot, authorities said. All were hospitalized, but the extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately released.
The lone suspect was also killed, authorities said.
The names of the injured officers, the bystander and the suspect were not immediately released.
Sheriff Bill Elder said Flick, who was killed on his 11th anniversary with the department, is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins.
“Deputy Flick was an outstanding member of my agency and he will be missed,” Elder said.
Carey said it was a tough day for all law-enforcement agencies.
“Tonight there is no distinction between our uniforms. State Patrol, sheriff’s office and the Colorado Springs Police Department, our hearts are all broken,” he said.
(Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was killed Monday in the line of duty in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The day of the deadly shooting was also his 11th anniversary with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Courtesy of CBS News and YouTube. Posted on Feb 5, 2018)
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said the deadly violence against officers is having a grave impact on the state.
“We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy’s loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured,” he said in a written statement.
“However, we also must come together and say enough is enough. We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service.”
Gumm, 31, was shot while chasing a suspect. Parrish, 29, was shot in suburban Denver by a man with a history of mental health issues.
Monday’s shooting occurred in a neighborhood of single-family homes, apartments and retail stores just east of downtown Colorado Springs, a city of about 465,000.
(Authorities in Colorado say a deputy has died after being shot while investigating a stolen vehicle. Two more deputies, a police officer and a civilian were wounded. The suspect was killed. Courtesy of the Associated Press and YouTube. Posted on Feb. 6)
Television coverage showed dozens of emergency vehicles responding to the scene.
A police command post remained on the scene hours after the shooting, along with about a dozen police cars and multiple officers.
Editor’s note: Our condolences to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Deputy Micah Flick, both blood and blue, and the other victim’s recovering from this shooting.