EL PASO COUNTY — The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of K9 Deputy Jinx, who was killed in the line of duty Monday night in Manitou Springs.

K9 Jinx was part of a team of Deputies and Manitou Springs Police Officers who responded to a call of a person menacing with a firearm in the 900 block of Manitou Avenue at about 11 p.m.

Shots were exchanged between law enforcement officers and the suspect. K9 Jinx and the suspect were killed on scene. The Colorado Springs Police Department is handling the investigation.

“The loss of K9 Jinx cannot be put into words as his passing leaves a hole in our EPSO Family,” the Sheriff’s Office shared on Facebook. “Our thoughts go out to his handler, his family, and the EPSO K9 Unit. Good boy, Jinx. Rest easy.”

A law enforcement transfer procession in K9 Jinx’s honor was held Tuesday morning in downtown

“It was with extreme sadness that the Manitou Springs City Council learned about this.” said John Graham, Mayor of Manitou Springs. “In addition to our police, we have had many city staffers working through the night to support the incident. In order to give them, and our community, time to regroup emotionally, we will cancel tonight’s City Council meeting.”