El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy shoots suspect in Fountain

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy shot a suspect in Fountain on Monday.

EPSCO closed Highway 16/Mesa Ridge Parkway from Interstate 25 to Highway 85 as they searched for a man with a weapon in the Willow Springs area.

EPCSO sent notification to residents in the 400 Willow Springs Rd. area to lock and secure doors and stay away from windows.

Around 3:30 p.m., EPCSO sent in K-9, SWAT, emergency medical and crisis negotiation teams, to deescalate the threat posed by the male suspect.   

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The suspect was located at a park, where police secured and attempted negotiations. Less-lethal tools were used to try to apprehend the individual but were reportedly unsuccessful. 

An El Paso deputy fired his weapon, striking the suspect at least once. The medical team immediately applied life-saving treatment and the individual was transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.  

If you have any information or were a witness related to this investigation, please call Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000. If you wish to remain anonymous but still want to assist investigators, please contact (719) 634-7867.  

This is a developing story. Check back in this post for updates.

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