CSPD honors officers for valor, courage

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Once a year, the Colorado Springs Police Department honors officers who show extra courage  in the face of grave risk.

Here's a list of recipients this year, who were honored at The Broadmoor earlier this week.

And here's an accounting of the incidents that resulted in the awards, as provided by the CSPD:

1-ON NOVEMBER 10, 2015, AT 5:14PM, OFFICER MATTHEW PETERSON AND OFFICER DEREK WILSON WERE DISPATCHED TO A DISTURBANCE CALL. THE REPORTING PARTY ADVISED THAT A MALE SUBJECT WAS VIOLENT AND OUTSIDE THE RESIDENCE WITH A RIFLE.

2-ON JANUARY 5TH, 2016 THE CSPD TACTICAL UNIT SET UP SURVELLIANCE, FOLLOWING UP ON INFORMATION THAT TWO SUSPECTS, WHO WERE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS AND WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AND FIRST DEGREE CRIMINAL TRESPASS WERE LOCATED IN AN APARTMENT ON THE SOUTHEAST PART OF TOWN.

3-ON JUNE 22ND, 2016, AT APPROXIMATELY 7:22AM, OFFICER WILLIAM WATSON WAS DISPATCHED TO DELTA DRIVE AND SAN MARCOS DRIVE TO A MALE WALKING WITH A PISTOL POINTED DOWNWARD IN HIS HAND AND A BEER IN HIS OTHER HAND.

4-ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 AT APPROXIMATELY 12:30PM OFFICERS FROM THE TACTICAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT WERE PREPARING TO EXECUTE A SEARCH WARRANT FOR THE EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IN THE 5000 BLOCK OF WHIP TRAIL. THE SUSPECT WAS WANTED ON MULTIPLE FELONIES AND HAD BEEN IDENTIFIED AS AN ARMED AND DANGEROUS FUGITIVE.

5-ON OCTOBER 23RD, 2016 AT APPROXIMATELY 3:30AM THE TACTICAL ENFORCEMENT UNIT SET UP SURVEILLANCE IN THE AREA OF 800 NORTH CHELTON ROAD IN RESPONSE TO A SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED THE DAY PRIOR. A SEARCH WARRANT WAS EXECUTED IN AN ATTEMPT TO LOCATE AN ARMED AND DANGEROUS SUSPECT.

6-ON JANUARY 12TH, 2017 AT APPROXIMATELY 9:14PM OFFICER D’AGOSTINO LOCATED A SUBJECT WHO WAS ACTING SUSPICIOUS AT A 7-11 LOCATED IN THE 600 BLOCK OF WEST GARDEN OF THE GODS ROAD. OFFICER D’AGOSTINO ATTEMPTED TO CONTACT THE SUBJECT WHO CONTINUED ACTING SUSPICIOUS AND WALKING TOWARD THE ARBY’S RESTAURANT. HE THEN REQUESTED A BACK UP OFFICER TO BE DISPATCHED TO HIS LOCATION. SHORTLY AFTER OFFICER DRYMAN ARRIVED ON SCENE, THE OFFICERS DISCOVERED THE SUBJECT WAS ARMED WITH A HANDGUN AND WANTED ON AN OUTSTANDING FELONY WARRANT. WITHOUT WARNING, THE SUBJECT REACHED INTO HIS WAISTBAND, RETRIEVED A HANDGUN, AND FIRED A PROJECTILE AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR DIRECTION.

BOTH OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO RETURN FIRE, STRIKING THE SUBJECT MULTIPLE TIMES. THE OFFICERS’ QUICK DECISION MAKING AND QUICK REACTIONS PREVENTED ANY INJURIES TO INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND/OR CUSTOMERS AT THE ARBY’S RESTAURANT.

7-ON FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017 AT APPROXIMATELY 5:04PM OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE AREA OF 2900 ILLINOIS AVENUE TO LOOK FOR A FUGITIVE WANTED FOR AN OUTSTANDING WARRANT RELATED TO A FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INVESTIGATION.

8-ON MARCH 24TH, 2017 AT APPROXIMATELY 6:46PM OFFICER JEFFERY EDMONDS AND OFFICER ROBERT THYMIAN RESPONDED TO AN IN-PROGRESS BURGLARY IN THE 4400 BLOCK OF LAREDO MEADOW POINT.

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