Man shot by police in southeastern Colorado Springs dies of injuries

Officer-involved shooting in the area of 2500 Hancock Expressway

A man who was shot by police in southeastern Colorado Springs Wednesday afternoon has died of his injuries, according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. 

The shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. at the Arbor Pointe apartments on Hancock Expressway. According to the sheriff’s office, officers were called to a disturbance at the apartment. When they arrived, they saw smoke coming from the suspect’s apartment. When they contacted him, he pulled a gun and started moving toward the officers, according to deputies. That’s when shots were fired. 

The person who was shot, 29-year-old Jonathan Patzel, was taken to the hospital, where he died. 

Investigators determined the fire was related to the disturbance call, and was human-caused. 

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave.

UPDATE (May 1, 2019): The officers who fired the shots have been identified as Colton Graham and Thomas Walling. Graham has been with the department since March 2018, and Walling has been with the department since July 2017. 

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