Colorado Springs Police kill suspect, 3 others found dead

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man who was shot and killed by police in the area of Platte Avenue and Wahsatch Avenue Saturday morning. Police said Noah Jacob Harpham, 33, killed three people before shooting at the officers who killed him.
Jon Moore - FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Law enforcement are in the middle of an investigation after Colorado Springs Police shot and killed a man this morning. Before he was gunned down, the shooter killed 3 people.

It all started around 8:45AM when police got a call about shots fired at a home near the intersection of North Prospect and East Kiowa Street. Inside the home, they found a small fire, believed to be started by the shooter. A deceased man who had been shot was laying in the street. Witnesses said the shooter continued to walk down the street, firing at people he passed.

When police responded to the call, they spotted the suspect, and he took off. During the chase, he began shooting at the officers.

“At this point, we have several different scene locations. We have several different areas were gunfire was exchanged,” said Lt. Catherine Buckley with Colorado Springs Police.

One witness said the chase ended by the Wendy’s near Platte and Bijou when the suspect pointed a large rifle at oncoming officers.

“I saw someone coming from around the corner being chased by the police, and that’s when they yelled ‘put the gun down’ and he turned around,” Aaron Nicks said. “That’s when they shot him a good 20 times, shot at him at least 20 times. There was a lot of gun fire.”

Nicks believes the officers would have been seriously injured or even killed if they didn’t act fast.

“It was definitely the right decision for them to take fire on him,” he said.

“The officers are okay. Nobody has been injured,” said Jacqueline Kirby with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Under a new state law, if an officer is involved in a shooting, an outside agency has to take over the investigation. Since it was Colorado Springs officers, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is now on the case. Both are working together to protect the community on what’s sure to be a busy night.

“We train and we prepare for these type of situations. We have plans in place for them, and that’s what we’re doing. We are implementing those plans,” Lt. Buckley said. “So we have called in auxiliary resources to assist in both the traffic control and to assist in handling the calls for service on the street and maintaining business.”

The officers involved in the shooting have been put on administrative leave, which is protocol after a shooting like this.

Lt. Buckley said this afternoon most of their officers were blocking off the scene so they did start priority dispatching, which means unless citizens had an emergency, they were asked to call back later.

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