Police: Off-duty officer shoots, kills man outside Colorado Springs Carl’s Jr.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man is dead after a shooting in the drive-thru area of a Colorado Springs Carl’s Jr. Thursday morning.

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. at the restaurant near the intersection of Powers Boulevard and Galley Road. The shots were fired by an off-duty Colorado Springs police officer.

Colorado Springs Police confirm that the off-duty police officer involved is Officer Lucas Aragon. He has been employed with CSPD since July 10, 2017 and is currently assigned to the Sand Creek Division, Shift II.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, who is investigating the shooting, said the officer called 911 to report the shooting. He told the dispatcher he was in the drive-thru when an unknown man broke into his car and threatened him with a weapon. The officer then fired at least one shot, hitting and killing the man.

The officer was not injured.

Police said just before the shooting happened, they were called to a robbery at a gas station in the same block. Police are working to determine if the man who was killed was involved in the gas station robbery.

The officer who fired the shots had just gotten off his shift and was not involved in investigating the robbery, according to police.

Police said the scene is expected to be active for most of Thursday.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigative agency for this officer-involved shooting.

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