Man shot, injured by deputy during negotiation in Fountain park

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FOUNTAIN, Colo. — A man was shot and injured by an El Paso County sheriff’s deputy during a negotiation at a Fountain park Monday evening, according to Colorado Springs police.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said around 3:30 p.m. Monday, Fountain police were conducting a follow-up investigation into an unspecified incident at the Love’s Travel Center at Interstate 25 and Mesa Ridge Parkway. A suspect in that investigation ran toward Willow Springs Pond, according to deputies.

Police said the man was armed with an unspecified weapon.

Law enforcement evacuated nearby Fountain Creek Regional Park and set up containment, then called in a tactical support unit, according to police. The team negotiated with the man for several hours, making multiple attempts to de-escalate, according to police.

Around 8 p.m., a deputy fired at least one shot at the man, hitting him at least once, according to police.

The man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. His name has not been released.

No officers were injured.

Mesa Ridge Parkway was closed from Interstate 25 to Highway 85 during the investigation. The road reopened around 8:07 p.m.

UPDATE: The deputy who fired the shot has been identified as Christopher Donatell. Donatell has been with the sheriff’s office since May 2006 and is assigned to the Patrol Division. He was placed on administrative leave following EPCSO policy and has returned to duty.

The Colorado Springs Police Department is investigating the shooting.

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