Deputy killed, 4 others injured in US shooting

2018-02-06 11:02
Public safety vehicles follow the hearse carrying the body of slain El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick in Colorado Springs. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette via AP)

Public safety vehicles follow the hearse carrying the body of slain El Paso County Sheriff's Deputy Micah Flick in Colorado Springs. (Christian Murdock, The Gazette via AP)

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Denver - A Colorado sheriff's deputy was shot and killed on Monday, the third officer to be gunned down in the line of duty in the state in the past five weeks.

El Paso County Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was killed while investigating a stolen vehicle in Colorado Springs, about 110km south of Denver, authorities said.

Two other deputies, a Colorado Springs police officer and a bystander were injured, authorities said. All were hospitalised, but the extent of their injuries wasn't immediately released.

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The lone suspect was also killed, authorities said.

The names of the injured officers, the bystander and the suspect were not immediately released.

Sheriff Bill Elder said Flick, who was killed on his 11th anniversary with the department, is survived by his wife and two children.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said the deadly violence against officers is having a grave impact on the state.

"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," he said in a written 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."

Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm was killed on January 24 and Douglas County sheriff's Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed on New Year's Day.

Gumm, 31, was shot while chasing a suspect. Parrish, 29, was shot in suburban Denver by a man with a history of mental health issues.

Monday's shooting occurred in a neighbourhood of single-family homes, apartments and retail stores just east of downtown Colorado Springs, a city of about 465 000.

Television coverage showed dozens of emergency vehicles responding to the scene.

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