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Fleeing car thief killed by Colo. Springs police was shot 14 times

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Police investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Colorado Springs that took place after a high speed chase. (Photo: KXRM)

Police investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Colorado Springs that took place after a high speed chase. (Photo: KXRM)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In the wake of several stories about residents and store owners being charged with crimes for shooting at criminals fleeing the scene of an incident, the Colorado Springs Police Department is coming under fire after their officers shot a retreating car thief 14 times.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, seven of the 14 bullets that entered the body of Robert Kresky did so through the 23-year-old’s back.

Kresky’s death, which took place in December, has been ruled a homicide. One officer has been placed on administrative leave while the case is investigated.

The incident leading to Kresky’s death began around 1 a.m. on Dec. 4, when Colorado Springs officers attempted to pull over a stolen vehicle. The vehicle didn’t stop, and instead rammed police cruisers during the course of the chase, according to police reports.

When Kresky eventually exited the vehicle and attempted to flee, police opened fire. He died from his wounds four days later.

Both the Colorado Springs Police Department and the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s office have decline comment on the shooting and autopsy, citing the fact that there is an ongoing investigation into each.

In December, a lawsuit was filed by an admitted shoplifter who was shot as in the process of exiting a Colorado Springs liquor store with a stolen bottle of vodka. The lawsuit claims the owner who shot the shoplifter acted “negligently and recklessly” considering the situation presented no imminent physical threat.

Earlier this month, a Salt Lake City resident was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment for firing several shots at three burglary suspects as they left his property.