Sheriff Bill Elder, at the podium, and others gathered to honor fallen Deputy Micah Flick on Feb. 6.
Courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Micah Flick died in the line of duty Feb. 5.
This just in from the CSPD:
On February 5, 2018, members of the B.A.T.T.L.E. (Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement) task force, comprised of detectives from the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD), El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO), and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), located a vehicle previously reported stolen from Colorado Springs. The vehicle was surveilled to the 4200 block of Galley Road where detectives observed the suspect exit the vehicle. To alleviate the possibility of a vehicle pursuit or entry into nearby apartments, B.A.T.T.L.E. task force detectives developed a plan to arrest the suspect while the suspect walked through an apartment complex parking lot.
At approximately 3:55 PM, the detectives made contact with the suspect and a struggle ensued. The suspect then drew a handgun and began firing. Three task force detectives then returned gunfire. EPSO Detective Micah Lee Flick was fatally shot, while two additional EPSO detectives and one CSPD detective were wounded by gunfire. A semi-automatic handgun belonging to the suspect was recovered from the scene of the incident.
The CSPD detective shot in the incident is identified as Marcus Yanez. Detective Yanez has been employed by the Colorado Springs Police Department since October 2007. Detective Yanez was treated and released from a local hospital.
The suspect was also fatally shot and died at the scene of the incident. An autopsy was completed by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office on February 6, 2018. The suspect was positively identified as 19 year old Manuel Zetina, a resident of Colorado Springs.
An adult male civilian walking in the area was also shot and wounded as a result of gunfire. He is undergoing treatment at an area hospital.
Information regarding injuries sustained by the EPSO deputies will only come from EPSO PIO.
The CSPD Deadly Force Investigation Team (DFIT) is the lead agency conducting this investigation. Colorado Revised Statute 16-2.5-301 provides the statutory requirements for these investigations. Once the investigation is completed, it will be given to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office for review. The District Attorney’s Office will then provide their report based on Senate Bill 15-219.
The detectives involved have been placed on routine administrative leave in accordance with agency policy.
Detective Micah Flick’s and Manuel Zetina’s deaths represent the third and fourth homicides investigated by the Colorado Springs Police Department in 2018. At this time last year, CSPD had investigated five homicides. This continues to be an active investigation.
There will be no release of the suspects photograph at this time.
Anyone with information or is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.
—————————ORIGINAL POST 2:04 P.M. TUESDAY, FEB. 6—————————
El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said at a news conference on Feb. 6 that from his first day in office in late 2014, his worst fear was to hear of a member of his department slain in the line of duty.
"Last night that fear became a reality, and my heart is broken," Elder told a roomful of reporters at the Sheriff's Office.
He was referring to the Feb. 5 shooting death of Detective Micah Flick, 34, who was working with other law enforcement officers on a routine arrest that didn't require a call-out of the tactical team. They were in the area of Galley Road and Murray Boulevard when, about 4 p.m., gunfire erupted. The assailant was killed in the hail of bullets that also injured one Colorado Springs police officer, two deputies and a bystander.
Elder reported that five-year department veteran Deputy Scott Stone was shot in the lower abdomen and is in stable condition at Memorial Hospital. Detective Sgt. Jacob Abendshan, with the department for 16 years, suffered injuries from shrapnel, Elder said, and is listed in good condition. He didn't say where Abendshan is recovering.
The CSPD officer who was injured has not yet been identified.
Reporters from along the Front Range attended Elder's news conference.
All were wearing protective vests, Elder said, and all were wearing placards identifying them as law enforcement officers. The detectives were in plain clothes, rather than uniforms. Elder declined to further discuss details of the incident, refusing to answer a question about whether any of the injured were wounded by gunfire from officers.
The Colorado Springs Police Department is the lead agency on the investigation into the shooting, he said.
"I ask that this community, state and great nation pray for El Paso County Sheriff's Office and hold the Flick family up in prayer," he said.
He said Flick, a graduate of the Colorado Springs Christian School, made his mark during 11 years with the department and that "almost everyone" knew him. The department wasn't able to provide reporters at the news conference with a list of commendations during his time as a deputy.
"I also want this community to know this is a strong agency," Elder said. "The brave men and women will continue to serve. These are dangerous jobs, but these men and women are here to serve. I'm proud to be the sheriff today."
A sheriff's cruiser is parked outside the Sheriff's Office, 27 E. Vermijo Ave., with Flick's photo in the window.
Responding to a question about a spate of recent deputies killed in action in Colorado, Elder said, "This is a tough business. I've been in the business my entire life. Unfortunately, in the last few years, there's been a lack of respect for men and women there to protect our community. It shocks me. A brave, honorable young man was taken in senseless violence."
Elder said his employees feel part of a family, and, "We will emerge from this stronger."
Arrangements for the fallen officer are pending, Elder said, noting the Sheriff's Office has set up an account to receive donations mailed to El Paso County Sheriff Foundation, 1980 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs.