Officer-involved shooting suspect in serious condition


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — More details were released Monday afternoon about the man who led sheriff’s deputies and police on a chase through Colorado Springs Friday that ended with an officer-involved shooting.

Thirty-one-year-old Christopher Lee Liles was a suspect in several burglaries in the Palmer Lake area and had an active warrant for aggravated assault out of New Mexico. The chase began when deputies went to serve a warrant at a residence where they believed Liles would be.

A stolen car and a description matching that of Liles was seen leaving the house and that’s when authorities began to chase him.

“A suspect resembling Christopher Liles was seen getting into that vehicle and leaving the residence at a high rate of speed,” said Lt. Cy Gillespie with the investigations department of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Liles ditched the car near Constitution and North Murray and ran off into the neighborhood of Lazy R Lane.

“CSPD received a 911 call from a resident where the suspect was ultimately taken into custody,” said Gillespie.

The person said they thought someone was breaking into their detached garage but seven minutes later another 911 call came from within the house, saying the burglar was now inside.

“The tactical units secured that house, secured that area there and had several teams in place not knowing whether this was a separate burglary or this was the person they had been chasing earlier,” said Gillespie.

The suspect then attempted to escape using the homeowner’s car and that’s when Colorado Springs police officers fired two shots.

“We felt it was not prudent to say that we had Christopher Liles in custody and that he was one in the same as the person who was involved in the officer involved shooting and the person in the burglaries,” said Gillespie. “We knew we had somebody. We did not know who they were.”

It wasn’t until 8 hours later when detectives discovered an ID with an alias commonly used by Liles that authorities knew it was him.

“People that we’re looking for don’t carry accurate identification,” said Gillespie. “That’s part of the cloak they hide under.”

Consequently, that makes it especially difficult to confirm the capture of Liles and the safety of the public.

“If I released any information that was inaccurate too soon and it turns out the person we were looking for was not the person we had in custody and something else happened, we would be having an entirely different conversation right now,” said Gillespie.

Liles suffered two gun shots to the upper body and is currently in serious condition. The El Paso County Sheriff’s office is now investigating whether or not that shooting was justified.

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