An El Paso County Sheriff’s Office investigation into an early morning homicide led to an officer-involved shooting where a deputy was shot and injured Sunday.
According to Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jackie Kirby, a man was shot and killed at a home east of Colorado Springs off Highway 94 before 7 a.m.
Kirby said that in addition to the deceased man, a second victim was shot. The second victim took himself to the hospital, which is when deputies were alerted by the hospital of the incident. As of Sunday evening, that victim was in critical condition.
Sheriff Bill Elder said that the shooting appeared to be a robbery at a marijuana grow.
Before going into surgery, the injured victim told investigators that the shooter was a white man with black hair in his mid 20’s.
While investigating the shooting, deputies responded to a second location known to be connected to the original crime scene. This other property is located near Hanover, off of Loop Road.
Deputies believed that several heavily armed men might be at this location and the SWAT team was deployed to the area.
According to Sheriff Elder, once SWAT was on the property they were shot at from an outbuilding the property. Gunfire was exchanged between law enforcement and one suspect.
During this gunfight, Deputy Jeremy Juhl, 36, was shot. He was taken to Memorial Hospital where his injuries were determined to be non-life threatening. The suspect was shot and killed.
Juhl is reported as having shrapnel or shotgun pellets in his side but will be released from the hospital soon. Juhl has been a member of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office since 2005.
Sheriff Elder said both crime scenes were black market marijuana grows.
Law enforcement will be at both scenes over the next couple of days.