Otero County Deputy-Involved Shooting Being Investigated by CBI
12/21/2017—The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been requested by the Otero County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) to investigate a deputy-involved shooting occurring in Swink, Colorado, in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 21, 2017.
Just after 12:30 a.m., OCSO deputies were conducting a traffic stop in the 300 block of Columbia Avenue in Swink. Following contact with one male and two females inside a gold-colored Nissan Sentra, shots were fired by an OCSO deputy. A pursuit involving deputies and the driver/occupants of the Nissan Sentra ensued, but was terminated due to safety concerns a short time later. The vehicle was later located; however, the suspects had fled the scene.
Based on the preliminary investigation, it does not appear any of the occupants inside the Nissan were injured. There were no injuries to the deputies.
CBI Pueblo agents are investigating to determine the events occurring during the incident from the initiation of the traffic stop to the vehicle left abandoned, and to identify and locate the occupants of the Nissan.
Two OCSO deputies are on administrative leave during the investigation, per department policy.
Anyone with information about the location of the three individuals inside the suspect vehicle is asked to call the CBI at 719-647-5942.
Troopers with the Colorado State Patrol assisted with traffic control at the crime scene and the recovery of the vehicle.
This is an active and ongoing investigation. Information will be released as it becomes available.