Colorado Springs Police officer shoots man after car chase

A Colorado Springs Police Department officer shot a man overnight Wednesday into Thursday after a car chase ended with the man supposedly pointing a weapon at the officer.

CSPD says the interaction began Wednesday at 11:53 p.m. when officers were parked on patrol in the 4700 Block of Harrier Ridge Drive. They believed they heard a bullet speed past their vehicle. After advising dispatch and checking the area, they observed a silver SUV parked in the middle of the road at Sunnyhill Dr. and Foxridge Dr. They say that SUV then left the area at a high rate of speed.

A CSPD tweet said officers then located the vehicle again and attempted to stop it while the SUV was speeding westbound down Drennan Road. Authorities lost, then located the vehicle at Patrick Drive and into the Colony Hills Apartments, where the SUV was unoccupied.

Police say that they found a man matching the driver’s description in that area, and he took off running when officers chased him. CSPD said that the suspect turned and pointed a weapon at an officer at one point during the chase. In response, at least one CSPD officer fired at least one shot at the suspect.

The shot connected, wounding the suspect with non-life-threatening injuries. That man was taken to the hospital and into custody.

No CSPD officers were injured, but one was placed on administrative leave for firing their gun.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will lead the investigation into this incident.

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