Man injured in Teller County officer-involved shooting

A Teller County sheriff’s deputy shot and injured a suspect Friday night after the man pointed a handgun at multiple deputies, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Around 9 p.m, two deputies encountered a man who matched the description of someone wanted for felony menacing near the intersection of Highway 24 and Trout Creek Road in Woodland Park, authorities said in the news release.

The suspect then presented a handgun and pointed it at the deputies. The deputies gave the man verbal commands, which he did not follow, the sheriff’s office said.

A deputy then fired at least one round, hitting the suspect. The man was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

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The two deputies have been placed on administrative leave, per Teller County department policy, while the El Paso County Sheriff’s office investigates the officer-involved shooting, the news release said.

The incident marks the 27th officer-involved shooting incident this year in Colorado, and the first in Teller County. Nineteen people have been killed with another nine injured.