Deputy Micah Flick was fatally shot Monday afternoon in Colorado Springs, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says. Flick, a 34-year-old detective, is the third law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Colorado since December 31.
According to the Denver Post, the shooting also left two other sheriff’s office deputies wounded along with a Colorado Springs Police Department officer and a civilian. The suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, was killed.
“This indeed is a difficult day for our agencies,” Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey said at a press briefing Monday night. “Tonight there is no distinction between our uniforms. State Patrol, Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department, our hearts are all broken.”
Flick Was Shot While He & Other Officers Confronted a Suspected Car Thief, Who Was Also Killed During the Shootout
Deputy Micah Flick was part of a team of officers from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Springs Police Department who confronted a suspected car thief Monday about 4 p.m. in the 4200 block of Galley Road in Colorado Springs the Denver Post reports.
The officers were investigating a motor vehicle theft.
Springs Police Chief Pete Carey said there was a brief struggle and then the suspect, an adult male, fired at the officers. He was shot and killed. Four officers, including Flick, and a civilian were wounded during the exchange of gunfire. Carey said the wounded Colorado Springs office was in surgery Monday night, but was in stable condition. The conditions of the two injured deputies and the civilian were not immediately released. They were all taken to Memorial Hospital.
A witness told KOAA-TV that he saw multiple people on the ground and one person being given CPR. He heard someone yelling, “drop the pistol.”
Another witness told the Colorado Springs Gazette he heard 8 to 9 shots. The witness said he heard a few, before there was a break and then heard several more shots and then a final two shots.
Jason Adams, who lives in the Emory Apartments near the scene of the shooting, told the Gazette he heard the gunshots and walked to the Murray Hill Apartment parking lot, where the shooting occurred. Adams recorded video of the scene, which the newspaper says shows three people on the ground receiving CPR or other life-saving measures. All three were in civilian clothes, the newspaper says.
Adams said two Colorado Springs officers were working on one of the victims. Another person about 8 feet away had two bullet holes in the side of his torso, Adams told the newspaper.
Jill Gaebler, the Colorado Springs City Council President Pro Tem, who represents the area where the shooting occurred, call it a “tragedy,” but said she was not “surprised,” adding, “People seem to be less and less concerned about the lives of our public safety officers. It’s in all of our neighborhoods and it’s enough.”
Carey said they are not looking for any other suspects. “There is no continuing threat to the community,” he said at a press conference Monday night.
The shooting remains under investigation.
He Was Killed on the 11th Anniversary of Joining the Sheriff’s Office & Is Being Remembered as an ‘Outstanding Member’ of the Agency
Deputy Flick was killed on his 11th anniversary with the El Paso Sheriff’s Office. “Today was his 11 year anniversary with EPSO, and our hearts are broken,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.
“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,” Sheriff Bill Elder said at a press briefing, tearing up. “Deputy Flick was an outstanding member of my agency and he will be missed.”
Flick was assigned as a detective in the sheriff’s office’s investigations division. He had previously served in the jail, in court and transport, with their special response team and on patrol. He was hired February 5, 2007.
He was interviewed by a local news station, KRDO, in 2016, while he was investigating several thefts of credit cards from vehicles. Flick was trying to warn residents about the thefts and encourage them to take preventive measures.
“Please do not leave wallets, personal identification, documents, bank statements inside your vehicle. That’s a very easy target for criminals,” Flick told the news station.
Flick Is Survived by His Wife & Their 7-Year-Old Twins
Deputy Micah Flick is survived by his wife, Rachael, and their 7-year-old twins, Sheriff Bill Elder said at a press conference Monday night.
Flick is a Colorado Springs native and graduated from the Colorado Springs Christian Schools in 2002, the school said on Facebook.
“Please uphold this family in your prayers as well as the other officers wounded in this incident,” CSCS wrote.
People Lined the Street to Pay Their Respects as Deputy Flick’s Body Was Taken to the Coroner’s Office in a Police Procession
People lined the streets near Memorial Hospital to pay their respects as Deptuty Micah Flick’s body was taken to the El Paso County Coroner’s office in a police procession. You can watch videos of the procession above and below:
In a statement, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said, “A senseless act of violence has claimed the life of another member of Colorado’s law enforcement family. Late this afternoon, we learned that El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Micah Flick was killed, two other deputies were injured, as was a Colorado Springs police officer and two bystanders. With the recent loss of now three deputies and many others injured, there’s no denying the grave impact this sequence of shootings is having on our state.”
He added, “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; 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.”
Hickenlooper has ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff statewide in Flick’s honor.
A Local Sheriff Called It ‘Unbelievable’ That 3 Deputies Have Been Killed in 37 Days, While a Deputy Wounded on December 31 Tweeted ‘Enough’
Flick is the third deputy in Colorado to be fatally shot in the line of duty in the past 37 days. Including the three officers wounded Monday, there have been nine officers injured in Colorado shootings during that same period.
Douglas County Deputy Zackari Parrish, 29, was killed on December 31, 2017, during a shootout at an apartment complex in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. The 37-year-old suspect fired more than 100 rounds before he was killed. He wounded four other deputies.
On January 24, Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm was shot and killed while chasing a suspect at an apartment complex in Thornton. At his funeral, his widow, Natasha, read from a letter saying, “Can we please end these awful, pointless tragedies,” according to the Denver Post.
The suspect in that shooting was arrested and charged with murder and burglary.
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith told the Denver Post, “The feeling of the sheriffs is the same as the public. It’s absolutely unbelievable. I’ve never been to back-to-back funerals like that. The initial thought was it’s unbelievable to have two in a 30-day period. To hear there’s been a third is sickening.”
The Colorado State Patrol’s Sterling troop tweeted, “Again we put our shrouds over our badges in honor of murdered EPSO Deputy Flick. Is this going to be a permanent part of our uniform or can we expect better times?”
The Arapahoe County Sheriff tweeted, “We are grieving the loss of @EPCSheriff Deputy Micah Flick. Again saying words of condolence, crying tears of sorrow, screaming in frustration at another life taken too soon. 5 weeks, 3 deputies, 3 black bands, 3 broken families, 1 thin blue line that will only get stronger.”
Douglas County Deputy Jeff Pelle, who was wounded in the shooting that killed Parrish, tweeted simply, “Enough.”