A man suspected in the killing of a Colorado sheriff’s deputy fired a semi-automatic handgun during a struggle with multiple officers, authorities said Tuesday.
Manuel Zetina, 19, struggled with officers after he exited a stolen vehicle and was confronted in the parking lot of an apartment complex Monday afternoon, according to Colorado Springs police. Zetina was shot and died at the scene, reports the Associated Press.
El Paso County sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was also killed in the shootout.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Jake Abendshan, Deputy Scott Stone, Colorado Springs Police Detective Marcus Yanez, and a bystander were injured in Monday’s shooting.
“A number of other officers” were at the scene but not injured, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said, calling the shooting “senseless violence.”
He said the plainclothes officers were part of a group that works together regularly and that they all wore protective vests as well as placards and badges identifying them as law enforcement.
Stone was shot in the abdomen and hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday. His injuries did not appear life-threatening, authorities said. Abendshan, who appears to have been hit by shrapnel, was treated and released Monday night.
Yanez, who also was shot, has since been released from a hospital. The name and condition of the bystander who was shot have not been released.
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