State lawmakers examine policies after 3 shootings that killed deputies

DENVER -- Three times in just more than a month, lawmakers at the State Capitol have paused for a moment of silence after the death of a law enforcement officer in Colorado.

El Paso County sheriff's deputy Micah  Flick was shot and killed on Monday in Colorado Springs.

“My first reaction was pretty much anger,” said State Sen. Senator and former Weld County sheriff's deputy John Cooke said.

Cooke said he would like to see what officers want first, but he is suggesting the possibility of a grant program to be established for five departments to access to steel-plated bulletproof vests.

“If there is not money for that maybe we can start a grant program,” Cooke said.

Cooke also said the state should look at giving district attorneys more resources to pursue death penalty cases -- to send a message to criminals.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t seen it used enough,” Cooke said. “To run a death penalty case takes a lot of money and a lot of DAs don’t have that kind of money."

Meanwhile, other lawmakers are looking at increasing services for the families of fallen officers.

State Sen. Dominick Moreno has proposed a bill to allow the families of fallen state employees killed in the line of duty to stay on state health insurance for a year.

“Employee benefits run out at the end of the month in which they die. This bill would extend those benefits,” Moreno said.

Lawmakers said they are looking forward to meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss options.

Rep. Joe Salazar said there have been so many deaths recently that it has been hard to find the time.

“This has been happening so quickly that there hasn’t been any time to sit down with anybody,” Salazar said.