A sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty on Monday Feb. 5, shot alongside three other Colorado officers as they investigated a vehicle theft.
The suspect was killed in the exchange of gunfire in the city of Colorado Springs, and a civilian was injured and taken to hospital.
Police announced on Feb. 5 that the officer killed was Deputy Micah Flick of the El Paso Sheriff’s Office (EPSO). Flick, 34, is survived by a wife and 7-year-old twins.
“Today was his 11 year anniversary with EPSO, and our hearts are broken,” said a post on EPSO’s Facebook page.
Flick was investigating a motor theft in the 4200 block of Galley Road with other officers, at around 4 p.m,. explained Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey in a press conference captured by KKTV.
“They encountered an adult male suspect. A struggle ensued and shots were fired,” said Carey.
“As a result, a civilian was injured by gunfire and transported to Memorial Hospital.”
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Three El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies were also injured together with a Colorado Springs officer said Carey. One Colorado Springs police officer was wounded and in surgery.
“One suspect is deceased and there is no continuing threat to the community,” Carey added.
Gov. John Hickenlooper described the shooting as a senseless act of violence.
“With the recent loss of now three deputies and many others injured, there’s no denying the grave impact this sequence of shootings is having on our state,” he said in a statement.
“We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy’s loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured; however, we also must come together and say enough is enough. We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service.”
Our thoughts are with the family of El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick and the three wounded officers. We are devastated by this senseless act against law enforcement who put their lives on the line to protect our communities. https://t.co/Jp7weVRyft
— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) February 6, 2018
A procession was held on Monday evening to honor Flick, and his fellow officers and friends paid tribute to him on social media.
“It was not only a honor to serve beside you, but an honor to know you,” Kim Farrell wrote on the EPSO Facebook page. “It doesn’t seem real. Thank you for being a light in this dark world. RIP, my brother, we have the watch from here.”