El Paso County, Co., Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was killed as he and three other officers were trying to detain a car-theft suspect in Colorado Springs. The string of officer killings in the area is “absolutely unbelievable,” says one sheriff.
For the third time since Dec. 31, a Colorado sheriff’s deputy has been killed in a shooting while taking a suspect into custody. Each time, the shootings have rattled the communities the deputies served and broken the hearts of parents, wives, siblings, children and fellow law enforcement officers, reports the Denver Post. “The feeling of the sheriffs is the same as the public,” said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. “It’s absolutely unbelievable.” El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was killed as Flick and three other officers were trying to detain a car-theft suspect in Colorado Springs. Two other deputies and a Colorado Springs police officer also were shot. The suspect was killed.
Flick, who was a detective, had celebrated his 11th anniversary with the sheriff’s department on Monday, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said. Flick is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins. Flick was part of a team of law enforcement officers from the sheriff’s office, Colorado Springs police and Colorado State Patrol that confronted a suspected car thief. There was a struggle, and the suspect, an adult male, fired at the officers. Along with the three deputy deaths since Dec. 31, a total of seven officers have been wounded in the incidents. Three civilians have been hurt after being caught amid the gunfire. Two suspects are dead, and a third is in custody and facing murder charges. The two deputies who died earlier were wearing body armor, prompting questions about whether the area’s law enforcement officers have enough protection from the powerful ammunition they face on the streets, the Post says. The average ballistic vest issued to cops on the street is not strong enough to stop rounds fired by assault rifles.