The Colorado Springs Police Department has identified the man who they say was involved in the gunfight that led to the death of an El Paso County deputy Monday afternoon.
The suspect, identified as 19-year-old Manuel Zetina of Colorado Springs, was also shot and killed. El Paso County Deputy Micah Flick was pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department said it's too early to determine if he was killed by Zetina or friendly fire.
Sources close to the investigation tell 9Wants to Know, Zetina is a U.S. citizen. He does have a criminal past - mostly minor drug and traffic offenses, according to court records.
Two other members of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and a Colorado Springs detective were also injured by the gunfire, as was a civilian who was walking in the area, according to a news release from Colorado Springs Police.
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El Paso County Sgt. Jake Abendschan was released Monday night and Deputy Scott Stone remains in the hospital and is stable. Colorado Springs Det. Marcus Yanez was treated and has been released from the hospital, according to the news release. He has been with the department since October 2007.
The gunfight stemmed from an investigation by the Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement task force, which is comprised of members of law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions.
Colorado Springs police say the task force found a vehicle in the 4200 block of Galley Road Monday afternoon that had been reported stolen and say Zetina was seen getting out of the car, prompting them to create a plan to arrest him while he walked through an apartment complex parking lot.
While they were trying to contact him, Colorado Springs police say a struggle ensued and Zetina took out a semi-automatic handgun and started firing.
Three task force detectives then returned fire, according to Colorado Springs Police. They have been placed on routine administrative leave per department policy.
The Colorado Springs Police Department Deadly Force Incident Team is the lead agency conducting the investigation.
Flick is the third member of Colorado law enforcement to die on the job in a little more than a month.