El Paso County in Colorado lost one of its finest law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Deputy Micah Flick was killed while investigating an auto theft in Colorado Springs.
A shootout occurred in El Paso County, Colorado Springs after authorities responded to a vehicle theft. Micah Flick, a sheriff’s deputy, was the fatality in the shootout. This is the third law enforcement fatality in Colorado since December 31. The state of Colorado honored the officer who had completed 11 years of service in the sheriff’s office. Read all about the Colorado shooting and Deputy Micah Flick here.
Colorado Deadly Shooting
On February 5, police in El Paso County responded to a vehicle theft in the area of N. Murray Boulevard and Galley Road. Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was one of the cops investigating the stolen vehicle incident.
Several officers tried to take the suspect into custody. However, the man resisted and opened fire on the officers.
A shooting broke out killing Flick and injuring four other law enforcement officers. One civilian was shot and injured. The gunman was killed by return gunfire. The suspect’s identity has not been disclosed.
Police requested people to stay away from the area. According to initial reports from the Colorado Springs Police Department, authorities were “working a critical incident” and “all suspects were accounted for.”
The El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder and Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey held a joint news conference over the incident. Sheriff Bill Elder identified the fallen deputy as Micah Flick. Flick had completed 11 years in the sheriff’s office that same Monday.
The injured deputies and bystanders are being treated in Memorial Hospital. Police Chief Carey said there’s “no continuing threat to the community.”
This afternoon, Deputy Micah Flick was shot and killed in the line of duty. He is survived by his wife and 7 year old twins. Today was his 11 year anniversary with EPSO, and our hearts are broken. #LoDD
— EPCSheriff (@EPCSheriff) February 6, 2018
Micah Flick Honored
Sheriff Elder gave a full statement on slain deputy Micah Flick. “It is with profound sadness that I say that this afternoon, Deputy Micah Flick, 34 years old, was shot in the line of duty and has died,” said the sheriff.
Flick is survived by his wife and seven-year-old twins. He joined the sheriff’s office on February 5, 2007. “His current assignment was as a detective in our investigations division and he has served in the jail at CJC’s floor security and [inaudible] transport with our Special Response Team and on patrol,” said Elder.
Colorado natives paid their respects to the fallen officer in a procession. Around 8 p.m. local time, locals gathered at St. Vrain and Hancock for the procession, which ended at the county coroner’s officer at 2741 E. Las Vegas St.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper called the incident a “senseless act of violence.” Gov. Hickenlooper ordered that flags on public buildings will fly at half-mast in honor of Deputy Micah.
“We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy’s loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured,” the Governor said in a statement. “However, we also must come together and say enough is enough. We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service.”
Condolences and support have poured for Flick’s children who attend a school in District 49. D-49 released a statement saying “D49 respectfully asks all media outlets to allow RMCA [Rocky Mountain Classical Academy] to process this news without interruption and to respect the privacy of Deputy Flick’s family during this exceedingly difficult time.”
El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder announces death of Deputy Micah Flick, who was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Four other law enforcement officers and one civilian were shot and wounded while investigating a motor vehicle theft in Colorado Springs. pic.twitter.com/rjYZWosnxH
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 6, 2018