1 deputy killed after responding to motor vehicle theft in Colorado

Casey Dawson
February 8, 2018

The sheriff also offered more details about the shooting and the conditions of two of his deputies.

The one positive outcome has been the tremendous show of support from the public, who have thanked police officers and deputies by donating to memorial funds, buying meals or simply shaking hands, Smith said. His name has not been publicly released by authorities.

There will be a procession starting at 7:30 p.m. traveling from Boulder to Nevada and then south on I-25. An autopsy was completed by the El Paso County Coroner's Office on February 6, 2018.

What we know is that officers were investigating a vehicle theft when the shooting occurred.

Sen. Michael Bennet called the incident a "senseless act against law enforcement who put their lives on the line to protect our communities".

We have received information that a nearby resident, Thomas Villaneuva may have also been injured in the shooting. He was rushed to the hospital and is expected to live.

The CSPD Deadly Force Investigation Team (DFIT) is the lead agency conducting this investigation.

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The shootings send chills through law enforcement families, especially those who have a spouse or partner that leaves home every day to work the streets of their cities and counties, Smith said.

"It is with extreme sadness that we are hearing about the loss of a hero tonight". THREE dedicated deputies, friends, husbands, brothers in blue. We are forever grateful for the Deputy's courageous sacrifice. "When deputies, troopers and officers are out in the field, we can't fall into an us-versus-them in the community".

Two other members of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and a Colorado Springs detective were also injured by the gunfire, as was a civilian who was walking in the area, according to a news release from Colorado Springs Police.

"I think anytime we lose an officer in Colorado or across the nation, we always feel indebted to that person and their service", said an officer at the funeral of Deputy Parrish.

Arrangements for the fallen officer are pending, Elder said, noting the Sheriff's Office has set up an account to receive donations mailed to El Paso County Sheriff Foundation, 1980 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs.

Colorado's governor says the deaths of three law enforcement officers in the state over the past five weeks are having "a grave impact". Marcus Yanez and a civilian were shot when an auto theft investigation turned into a gun battle Monday, Sheriff Bill Elder said.

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