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Suspect dies in officer-involved shooting along South Nevada corridor

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Shooting on N Nevada at St Elmo
Posted at 11:00 AM, Oct 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-03 00:08:23-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has assumed the lead in the investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Colorado Springs along the S Nevada corridor just south of I-25.

At around 10 a.m. the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a report of a man firing shots into an occupied vehicle in a parking lot located in the 1600 block of South Nevada Avenue.

Before CSPD officers arrived at the scene both the suspect and the vehicle were gone.

Later that day, Vanguard school officials reported that a man was on school property to CSPD, the man also matched the description of the suspect in the shooting. CSPD officers first made contact with the suspect at the intersection of Hunter Avenue and South Corona Avenue. CSPD says that the suspect pointed a gun at the officers and one of the officers shot at the suspect. The suspect continued to flee on foot and then reportedly pointed his gun at the officers again near the 1700 block of South Wahsatch Avenue. An officer then fired another round toward the suspect.

The suspect was wounded and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, he later died from his injuries on October 31 at the hospital. The suspect was later identified as 30-year-old Ahmad Akeem Abdul Muhammad.

No police officers were injured in the incident.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation into the shooting involving Colorado Springs Police Department officers.

News5 is aware the Vanguard School went into a secured perimeter around 10:30 a.m. due to police activity. The campus remains closed to visitors under their security protocols. All students and staff are safe and accounted for, according to a message sent to parents and staff.

The six officers involved in this incident were placed on administrative leave per CSPD’s policy.

Under Colorado law, an agency cannot investigate one of their own in an officer-involved shooting. Instead, an adjoining jurisdiction will take the lead and provide their findings to the local District Attorney's Office for consideration.