Four officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department connected to a fatal police shooting have been identified.
Officers Scott Ferguson, Ray Shepard, Ryan Paine and Thorin Fash are on administrative leave per department policy following the Dec. 10 shooting in the 3600 block of Austin Bluffs Parkway, according to a police news release on Friday.
At about 2:10 a.m. the day of the incident, officers were encountered a man in a vehicle behind a business and told him to get out of the vehicle, a news release said. The man fired a gun at officers, who returned fire. The man then barricaded himself inside the vehicle.
The man again fired at officers and “at least one CSPD officer returned fire,” police said in an earlier news release. The man was found dead inside the vehicle. No officers were injured.
Background on the officers released by the department includes:
- Ferguson has been with CSPD since October 2012 and he works as a K9 officer.
- Shepard, with the CSPD since January 2016, works as a Falcon DUI officer.
- Paine, with the department since 2018, is a Sand Creek DUI officer.
- Fash, with the department since November 2018, is a Sand Creek patrol officer.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency in the ongoing police shooting investigation.
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