El Paso County Sheriff's deputy killed in Colorado Springs

Published: Feb. 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST
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Authorities in Colorado say a deputy has died after being shot while investigating a stolen vehicle.

Colorado's governor released a statement Monday, following the fatal shooting of 34-year-old El Paso County sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick. El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said Flick had been with the sheriff’s office for exactly 11 years. He was married with two children.

Gov. John Hickenlooper says the deaths of three law enforcement officers in the state over the past five weeks are having "a grave impact."

Authorities said Flick and other officers were investigating a stolen vehicle in Colorado Springs when they approached a suspect, struggled with him and gunfire began.

Police said the only suspect was shot and killed, while three other law enforcement officers and a bystander were injured by gunfire.

Since Dec. 31, two other Colorado sheriff's deputies have died after being shot on duty.

Hickenlooper calls Flick's death a "senseless act of violence" and asked Colorado residents to provide sympathy to his family and pray for the injured.