Micha Flick autopsy report released by coroner in change of course


Deputy Micah Flick was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 5. - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office
  • Deputy Micah Flick was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 5.
El Paso County Coroner Robert Bux has changed his mind and released the autopsy reports for Deputy Micah Flick and auto theft suspect Manuel Zetina on Sept. 7.

Flick, 34, died in a shootout with Zetina as part of the State Patrol's Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE) task force that includes the Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The shooting took place minutes before 4 p.m. at the Murray Hill Apartments at Galley Road and Murray Boulevard. Injured in the shooting were Sheriff's Deputies Scott Stone and Jake Abendschan and CSPD Detective Marcus Yanez, and innocent bystander Thomas Villanueva, 29, who was paralyzed from the chest down by a bullet from Zetina's gun.

Bux petitioned the District Court on July 12, seeking to have the reports sealed, citing grief of the Flick family as a reason. The Independent and other local media opposed his petition. After District Attorney Dan May released his report on Aug. 21 finding no basis for criminal charges, and the CSPD released its 907-page report on Sept. 5, Bux decided there was no longer a reason to seal the reports of the autopsies, conducted by Dr. Daniel Lingamfelter.

The autopsy of Flick, who was pronounced dead at 4:26 p.m. on Feb. 5, found that a gunshot entered his upper chest and exited his back on the right side. The bullet perforated the aorta, right lung and a rib. The trajectory was from front to back, left to right and downward. Flick suffered massive blood loss before he died.

The bullet was not recovered.

Zetina, 19, was shot three times: in the right chest; in the lower left back, and in the left arm.
The first shot was from right to left, slightly downward and slightly from front to back. The second traveled back to front, left to right and upward. The direction of the bullet that grazed his arm couldn't be determined.

The bullets resulted in perforations of the heart, left lung, diaphragm and the liver, resulting in massive blood loss and death, the autopsy report said.

Those conclusions were described generally in the DA's report and CSPD report released in recent weeks.

The autopsy report for Zetina further noted his pockets contained a pack of Quaker Oats instant oatmeal, two cell phones, a partially smoked, possible marijuana cigarette and a glass pipe. He had a a tattoo of a cross and multiple names on his right forearm and another, "RAMIRO," on his left forearm.

The toxicology report showed positive results for amphetamine and methamphetamine.

Zetina wasn't pronounced dead until 11 p.m. on Feb. 5, but that's likely because that's the approximate time the Coroner's Office picked up the body from the apartment complex parking lot where light snow was beginning to cover the body, the police reports said.

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