by Pam Zubeck
The autopsy was conducted this morning on the suspect in the Officer Involved Shooting. His name will not be released as he is a juvenile.In addition, this just in from the DA's office on how officer-involved shootings are now being investigated:
The cause and manner of death will be determined once toxicology reports come back in a few weeks.
The law now requires that all officer-involved shootings be investigated by an outside law enforcement agency.
There is new protocol in the Pikes Peak Region, pursuant to a law passed by the Colorado Legislature in May. The current investigation is being conducted pursuant to that new law and protocol. The new legislation specifically requires that the District Attorney's Office is no longer the lead investigative agency in officer-involved shootings. We did have prosecutors and investigators on the scene and, in accordance with the law, the DA's Office will make any charging decisions.
We do not see this as a conflict of interest for many reasons. We are following the new protocol put in place by agency agreement with all law enforcement agencies in the 4th Judicial District to include the DA's Office. The Sheriff is not involved in investigating this case. It is being headed up by our Commander of Investigations, Richard Hatch and his team of Detectives. It is important to note, we are just investigating the facts of the case. The Sheriff's Office does not make any recommendations, just reports findings.
The Colorado Springs Police Department investigated the Sheriff's Office Officer Involved Shooting at Hobby Lobby earlier this year. You will see any Officer Involved Shooting investigated by an impartial, uninvolved local law enforcement agency, shadowed by the agency involved in conjunction with the DA's Office. The findings will then be submitted to the DA's Office for review and filing determination.