Police release body-worn cam footage of fatal shooting on South Nevada Avenue

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The 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has released body-worn camera footage of an officer-involved shooting in Colorado Springs in December that was ruled justified. 

The shooting happened on December 2 near South Nevada Avenue and Brookside Street. 

Officers Christopher Fernandes and Tracy Toth were trying to arrest Christopher Louis Willard for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, when Willard resisted. 

According to Colorado Springs police, the officers struggled to get Willard in handcuffs when he pulled a gun, pointing it at Fernandes.

The gun was a realistic looking semi-automatic styled BB gun.

Willard was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital. According to the autopsy, he was shot at least nine times and had methamphetamine in his system.

The two officers will not face criminal charges. 

The District Attorney’s review found it was reasonable to believe that the gun in Willard’s possession was a legitimate firearm.

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