DA: Deputies cleared in Hobby Lobby deputy-involved shooting

 

Updated May 29, 2015 — On Friday, the Judicial Dictrict Attorney’s Office released a statement regarding a deputy-involved shooting that occurred on May 8.

According to officials, the Judicial District Attorney’s Office has completed their investigation and determined that the deputy’s use of force against the suspect was “reasonable, appropriate and justified.”

Here’s their full statement:

The 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has completed an investigation into the officer-involved shooting that occurred in the early evening hours of May 8, 2015. Following careful review of the facts and evidence surrounding the incident, it has been determined that the deputy’s use of force against the suspect was reasonable, appropriate and justified.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the two deputies involved in a shooting at a southwestern Colorado Springs Hobby Lobby Friday.

The sheriff’s office said Sgt. Shane Mitchell and Deputy Keith Duda went to the Hobby Lobby after receiving a tip that a man wanted on felony escape charges from the Colorado Department of Corrections was there. The two deputies contacted the suspect, and he was “immediately uncooperative,” according to the sheriff’s office. A physical struggle ensued, the suspect pulled a knife, and Mitchell shot the suspect.

Mugshot of Brian Lowe, taken in 2013 / Colorado Springs Police Department
Mugshot of Brian Lowe, taken in 2013 / Colorado Springs Police Department

The suspect, 48-year-old Brian Lowe of Colorado Springs, was taken to Memorial Hospital and is expected to survive. Police have obtained an arrest warrant for Lowe for two counts of attempted second-degree murder. The suspect is in police custody, but a current mug shot is not available because he is still receiving medical treatment.

Both deputies were uninjured, and have been cleared to return to duty.

Mitchell has been with the sheriff’s office since 1997, and has been the supervisor of the Crime Reduction Unit since last year, according to the sheriff’s office. Duda has been with the sheriff’s office since 2009, and has been with the crime reduction unit since 2011.

The Colorado Springs Police Department continues to investigate the shooting.

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