Deputy Killed Leaves Behind Wife, Young Twins

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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.

Sheriff's Sgt. Jake Abendshan received what appeared to be shrapnel injuries and has been released from a hospital.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Authorities in Colorado say a deputy has died after being shot while investigating a stolen vehicle.

Deputy Micah Flick has been identified as the one who died in the shooting.

CSPD identified the injured officer as detective Marcus Yanez.

Support from other law enforcement agencies has been a constant for friends, families and fellow officers impacted by these deaths.

Sen. Michael Bennet called the incident a "senseless act against law enforcement who put their lives on the line to protect our communities". Elder said that Monday was the 11th anniversary of Flick's hiring at the sheriff's department.

When the deputies followed the man behind a home, the man pulled out a handgun and fired, hitting Gumm in the chest, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

A bystander also was shot, police said. He was shot in the abdomen, Elder said.

The last time this many Colorado officers were killed in the line of duty so close together was in 1987, when three were killed within a month.

On the morning of December 31, several Douglas County sheriff's deputies went to a Denver-area apartment complex after someone called police to say a man "might be having a mental breakdown there", the sheriff's office said.

He leaves behind a wife and 7-year-old twins (one boy and one girl), the sheriff's office said.

A funeral will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1 p.m.at New Life Church, located at 11025 Voyager Parkway in Colorado Springs.

A Colorado Springs police officer and a bystander also were wounded as officers investigated a stolen auto, but their conditions haven't been released.

The Colorado Springs Police Department said earlier Monday they were "working a critical incident" and "all suspects were accounted for". Two other sheriff's deputies were shot, but their conditions were unclear Monday night.

Police say the suspect is dead and there is no continuing threat to the community.

Three Colorado sheriff's deputies have been killed in separate shootings over a span of 37 days - and the state's governor says he's had enough.

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