ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – An Adams County deputy discharged his firearm during a physical fight with a suspect early Thursday morning. The suspect did not survive.

The deputy is hospitalized and being treated for injuries to his head and neck, the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement issued at about 8:30 a.m.

The deputy was conducting a welfare check in the 8700 block of Galen Court at about 3:30 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. While he was responding to the original call, the deputy heard a disturbance at the apartment next door and called for backup.

“We did learn that there was a phone call that was made from inside that apartment to our dispatch center and this is all happening at about the same time that our deputy gets up to the apartment and advises that he is waiting for cover. So, whether the suspect knew that the deputy was there, the suspect probably knew that if there wasn’t a deputy there, there would be a deputy there soon,” said Adams County Sheriff Michael McIntosh.

While he was waiting, a man ran out of that apartment. When the deputy tried to stop him, the man fought back.

During the fight, the deputy fired his service weapon.

Both the suspect and the deputy were rushed to local hospitals but the suspect died from his injury.

The Adams County Critical Incident Team will investigate the deadly shooting.

The deputy will be placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.


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