4 dead, including suspect, in Colorado Springs shooting

Posted at 3:49 PM, Oct 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-31 17:49:42-04
By Ralph Ellis


(CNN) — Three people were killed in downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday morning before city police officers shot and killed a suspect, reported the sheriff’s office of El Paso County, Colorado.

Police received a report of a shooting about 8:45 a.m. along with a description of a suspect, the sheriff’s office said.

Police encountered the suspect at Platte Avenue and Wasatch Street, The suspect fired multiple shots, and police returned fire and killed the suspect, the sheriff’s office said.

No identities or details were given concerning the people killed or the suspect. “We do not believe there is any further threat to the community,” the department said in a news release.

About 10 downtown blocks were shut down while the shooting is investigated, Jacqueline Kirby of the sheriff’s office told CNN.

No motive was given. The sheriff’s office took over the investigation, as state law requires when an officer-involved shooting occurs. The officers who fired at the suspect have been placed on routine administrative leave.

Colorado Springs, with a population of about 445,000, is located at the base of Pike’s Peak and is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

CNN’s Sheena Jones contributed to this report.

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