Deputy shot and killed on 11-year anniversary of joining sheriff's office: 'Our hearts are broken'

PHOTO: A police chaplain heads to the ambulance entrance at UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central following a shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 5, 2018.PlayJerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP
WATCH Deputy shot and killed on 11-year anniversary of joining sheriff's office

An El Paso County sheriff's deputy was fatally shot in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Monday.

Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was killed while investigating a motor vehicle theft, Sheriff Bill Elder said at a press conference this evening. The male suspect opened fire, killing Flick and injuring two other sheriff's deputies and a Colorado Springs police officer, Elder said. A civilian was injured as well.

Flick is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins, according to Elder.

PHOTO: El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder speaks during a press conference addressing the Sheriff’s deputy who was killed in a shooting while trying to detain a car thief suspect in East Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 5, 2018.ABC News
El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder speaks during a press conference addressing the Sheriff’s deputy who was killed in a shooting while trying to detain a car thief suspect in East Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 5, 2018.

"Today was his 11 year anniversary with EPSO, and our hearts are broken," El Paso County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

Flick "will be missed," Elder said.

The suspect died at the scene.

PHOTO: An El Paso County Sheriffs deputy works the scene of a shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 5, 2018. Nadav Soroker/The Gazette via AP
An El Paso County Sheriff's deputy works the scene of a shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., Feb. 5, 2018.

The killing marks the third death of a Colorado deputy since December 31.

"A senseless act of violence has claimed the life of another member of Colorado’s law enforcement family," said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a statement. "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.

"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," he added. "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.”

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