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El Paso County Sheriff's deputy Micah Flick was killed in the line of duty Monday night while serving on an anti-car theft taskforce in Colorado Springs.
Two other members of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and a Colorado Springs detective were injured. The suspect in the case, 19-year-old Manual Zetina, was killed on scene.
Flick was 34 and is survived by his wife and two children.
Flick's family released a statement late Tuesday night to the public. It reads, in full:
Husband, Father, Son, Grandson, Brother, Uncle, Nephew. Our Beloved Micah Flick.
It is with immeasurable pride and unfathomable grief that we remember the incredible sacrifice that Micah made in service to our community and country.
Micah was truly passionate about helping those who could not help themselves. Knowing the risks, he pursued that mission with all he had. Our family is grieving the loss of a hero; a man who reacted instantaneously and selflessly to protect the public and fellow law enforcement officers.
We are also grieving the loss of a truly wonderful man who was many different things to many different people. Above all, he was a man who loved Jesus, loved his family and lived life with zeal, hunger and passion.
As a family, we thank the communities of Colorado Springs, El Paso County, the State of Colorado and our entire Nation for the abundance of love that has been poured out. We would also like to thank the El Paso County Sheriff's Office for their tireless and heartfelt support and guidance as we navigate this chapter in our lives.
We take comfort in knowing that Micah's legacy will be in his faith in God and his deep, rich character that will continue to shine in the hearts and lives of his wife, Rachael and their two children, whom he loved with his whole heart.