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Colorado Springs police officer kills shoplifting suspect who allegedly fired gun

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting

A police vehicle is seen on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Fountain. (Olivia Sun, The Colorado Sun)

COLORADO SPRINGS — A person suspected of shoplifting was shot and killed by a police officer after the man fired at the officer on Sunday, police said.


According to Colorado Springs police, the suspect ran from a Walmart and refused commands to stop, eventually hiding behind a car. The officer, who had been providing security at the store, used a stun gun but the suspect was able to pull out a gun and fired at least one shot, police said.

The officer fired at least one round, hitting the man. Officers took the man’s gun and performed first aid but he died after being taken to the hospital, police said.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.

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