Man shot by Fountain police officer on I-25 in Colorado Springs dies

A man who was shot by a Fountain police officer in Colorado Springs has died.

The police shooting happened at about 5:20 p.m. Monday in the area of Interstate 25 and North Academy Boulevard, according to a news release.

On Wednesday police identified the man as Robert Paul Garcia. The 38-year-old was shot and taken to a local hospital where he died. He was positively identified by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office.

Prior to the shooting, the Colorado State Patrol tried to stop the driver of a vehicle because the vehicle was allegedly involved in a robbery in Pueblo, the CSPD said in a news release. The suspect inside the vehicle did not stop and headed north on I-25. A Fountain officer joined the pursuit when it went through Fountain.

In an attempt to stop the vehicle, stop sticks were placed on the highway near the Garden of Gods exit with no success. Just south of the North Academy Boulevard interchange, a trooper used a marked patrol vehicle to bump the fleeing vehicle to a stop on the highway.

“Officers gave verbal commands to the suspect,” the release said. “The Fountain Police Officer fired his duty weapon at least one time, striking the adult male suspect at least once.”

Police did not say whether the driver who was shot was armed. No officers were injured. The Fountain officer has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

On Wednesday police announced that a state trooper fired a service handgun as well. That trooper has also been placed on administrative leave. The police shooting is being investigated by the CSPD’s Violent Crimes Section.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call police at 719-444-7000; or call Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867 (STOP).

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