UPDATE: FRIDAY 2/3/2023 6:33 a.m.
(COLORADO SPRINGS) — The Fountain Police Department (FPD) released an update overnight on the FPD officer that was injured after falling from a bridge in pursuit of a suspect in Colorado Springs.
The officer is currently in critical but stable condition and has had an initial CT scan. FPD thanked medical staff, emergency services, and law enforcement agencies for their response and compassion during the incident.
“We ask that you remember all of our law enforcement partners and Fire/EMS personnel who were by our side [Thursday]. We also want to remember our amazing call takers and dispatchers at El Paso County Sheriff’s Office who have been through so many difficult events. These situations take a toll on them as well,” stated FPD.
Officer in critical condition after falling from bridge
UPDATE: THURSDAY 2/2/2023 10:48 p.m.
Following a multi-agency pursuit of a stolen vehicle, an officer with the Fountain Police Department (FPD) is in critical condition after trying to apprehend a suspect who had apparently committed multiple felony crimes.
The suspect vehicle was stopped near South Academy and Hartford Street, where the suspect got out of the vehicle and tried to jump over a bridge to escape. FPD said an officer trying to catch the suspect fell over the bridge and landed about 30 feet below.
FPD said the officer was airlifted to the hospital via Flight For Life and is in critical condition.
There are three suspects in custody, according to FPD. All suspects were apparently in the stolen vehicle when the multi-agency pursuit began just before 8 p.m. on Thursday.
We ask for prayers for our officer, his family, and our FPD Family, said FPD.
Officer injured near I-25 and South Academy Boulevard
UPDATE: THURSDAY 2/2/2023 9:00 p.m.
A member of law enforcement has been injured in a high speed pursuit of a suspect near I-25 and South Academy, according to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP).
CSP said it is unknown at this time what agency the officer is with. A Flight For Life helicopter was called in to the area to take the officer to the hospital, which was the cause for road closures.
The extent of the officer’s injuries are unknown, and CSP said they do not currently have any suspect information. CSP said their department was not involved in the incident but said they will assist as needed.
The FOX21 News crew on scene said on and off ramps at Exit 135 (South Academy) are closed.
ORIGINAL STORY: South Academy blocked, police activity in the area
THURSDAY 2/2/2023 8:35 p.m.
There are multiple road closures in effect in the area of South Academy Boulevard and I-25 and a large police presence with multiple agencies responding.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) tweeted about the incident on Thursday, Feb. 2 just after 8:20 p.m. and said the Sheriff’s Office is responding to assist the Fountain Police Department near Mile Marker 134 on I-25.
The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) added on their Communications Twitter account that Academy is blocked between I-25 and Drennan Road for police activity.
Travelers are urged to avoid the area. FOX21 News has a crew on the way to the scene and will provide updates when they become available.