Outrage And Protests After Cop Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect Trying To Pull Gun

Colorado Springs police were geared up to deal with protesters in the wake of an officer-involved shooting.

Colorado Springs, CO – Angry community members are protesting the fatal officer-involved shooting of an armed robbery suspect on Saturday night and police have called witnesses’ accounts on social media “irresponsible and incorrect.”

Colorado Springs Police Department Spokesperson Lieutenant Jim Sokolik told reporters that the shooting occurred while officers were responding to a robbery call at about 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 3, KKTV reported.

"Officers were dispatched to a personal robbery with a weapon in the 2400 block of East Fountain Boulevard,” Lt. Sokolik said. “They contacted the victims there, who pointed out two suspects."

He said that when officers tried to detain the suspects, one of the men tried to pull his gun, KKTV reported.

"One of [the suspects] reached for a firearm in their waistband. At least one of the officers involved did fire. The suspect was struck at least one time," Lt. Sokolik said.

The suspect, whose family has identified him as 19-year-old De’Von Bailey, was transported to the hospital where he later died, according to The Gazette.

Police said a weapon was recovered at the scene and said the second suspect was also arrested.

Colorado Springs police have not identified the officers who were involved but said that both had been placed on paid administrative leave as is protocol for officer-involved shootings, The Gazette reported.

Neither of the officers was injured during the incident.

Police have not yet released the name of either suspect, even though Bailey has already been widely identified in the media and about 100 people held a candlelight vigil in his memory on Sunday night.

Bailey’s stepmother, Jacqueline Johnson, told reporters at the “Justice for De’Von Bailey” vigil, hosted by the NAACP and the Colorado Springs Council for Justice, that the shooting had been a big misunderstanding.

"He was minding his own business with a friend of his and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," Johnson insisted. "Mistaken identity."

Witness Ashley Franco told KKTV a very different version of the shooting story than what police have released.

“We saw a squad car going up the street," Elizabeth Powell said. "... As I was walking up the street, the first squad car that we saw had pulled up on two young black male individuals, and they were questioning them. The next thing I know, the male in the black shirt turned around and he just started running.”

“He didn’t have anything in his hands; he did not brandish any type of weapon. The police officer did not try and chase him, did not try and tase him. He took out his gun and he shot him,” Powell told KKTV.

She said the officer fired his weapon seven times at Baily as he fled, The Gazette reported.

Another witness, Kara Garcia, told reporters that she saw the officer shoot Bailey in the back five to seven times.

Lt. Sokolik wouldn’t comment on the witnesses’ versions of what happened, but said “There is some outrageously irresponsible and incorrect information being put out on social media,” The Gazette reported.

Police have not said whether there is bodycam video of the incident.

Garcia and Powell’s assertions have led to cries of outrage from the community and a protest march from City Hall to the Colorado Springs Police Department on Monday.

Protesters banged on the doors of city buildings chanting “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” and “No Justice, No Peace” on Monday afternoon and generally disrupted traffic to those buildings with their presence.

Police officers in riot gear were staging nearby.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the officer-involved shooting, The Gazette reported.

Bailey was wanted by police in April on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, according to Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers.

The Gazette reported that it was unclear whether Bailey was a fugitive when he was shot by police.

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Macgizzard
Macgizzard

Same people who want guns banned from citizens unless it’s someone they sympathize with. The mental disease is real. There’s needs to be accountability after the fact for those that swear as witnesses with proven fabrications. It is a violent act.

amtexas
amtexas

I believe none of the witnesses because they're obviously a liberal Democrat cop hating Trump hating police hating morons. On top of that the piece of crap that's a pedophile!

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

60 people protesting Big f'ing deal! 30 protested outside Elgin police department after the crazy black lady was shot last year. Nobody noticed. Meanwhile killings by actual criminals continue to mount. It's all good. Those protesters are nothing. Jobless bottom feeders, who get off on causing trouble. The real problem is the organizers of these protests and the media outlets that give them a platform.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Buncha White cucks out there as well, day bee dwn wid dah cause!

StuN*25
StuN*25

When witnesses’ statements are found to be false they should be held accountable, as should the media platforms that publicized them.

Ronnie2steps
Ronnie2steps

The offices can come to Texas for a new job. We aren’t stupid like those idiota

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

If De'Von Bailey's father has been a part of his life, he more than likely would not have been a robber or a corpse! And as for the false claims that rouse up the masses, those folks should be prosecuted for inciting this stupidity.

diamond7950
diamond7950

HE WAS A GOOD BOY GOING TO CHURCH TO SING .

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Right, I’m sure he was “just minding his own business” and I’m sure the police just “took out his gun and shot him”. I’m sure it went down just like that. Even if your innocent, why would you reach for your gun? Why is it that every time they get shot, they’re always not doing anything. It seems as if There must be a lot of unlucky black people now a days. Always “in the wrong place at the wrong time” so it appears according to all the comments by the families and witnesses.

sanman
sanman

Way to go kolorado you have achieved ghetto status.

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Video please ,hard to tell just what did happen without it.However if it is found those two so-called witnesses lied ,arrest them too.

Tekhore
Tekhore

Crime...the new black entitlement.

LEO0301
LEO0301

The reaction to this shooting is expected. If a police officer shoots a black person the black (and a few guilty white people) public will crucify you. And it doesn't matter what the black person did to get shot. I can't think of anytime where blacks supported the police in a use of force situation. I guarantee you Al Sharpton been made aware of this shooting and is probably fueling the jet as we speak.

The express
The express

People are really stupid, to protest because some sick fuck got shot. It's time that we take our streets back from these stupid fucks. Show your support for the cops.

Mrdan
Mrdan

According to his stepmother he was a good boy he was just shopping in a pawn shop, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time ...shopping with a gun in his waist band .... I'll take ghetto lottery for a million alex

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Yes, let’s protest without facts because people’s social media posts are sooooo accurate.

vwiles34
vwiles34

The mother was absolutly right. Her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time. If at that particular time he hadn't been there robbing people he would still be alive. If all these so called concerned parents would keep better control of their kids. And teach them to respect the law's and those who enforce them. As well as getting in their business and finding out who they're with and where they're going. A lot of this wouldn't happen. But black kids feel they can do as they please because if they get caught they can just say the police were racist.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Bodycam and dashcam needed. Of course, people will think that police (perhaps unmarked) shot a runner and dropped a drop gun when they chose not to collect video evidence of their attack. Now the whole thing is turning out more expensive than cameras would have been.

In fact here, I guess they are saying that "there might be video, but the public can't see it," which is really suspicious.

The whole "he molested a child, but we hadn't gotten around to arresting him for that yet" also sounds somewhat suspicious.

Propolice
Propolice

Another one bites the dust. Poor thing dint do nuffin

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

I have a solution!!! Common sense!! Do as you are instructed, don’t fight the police, don’t pull a gun on the police!!!

What is needed in this country is for the silent majority to finally stand up and say enough is enough and back law enforcement. To finally put an end to this.

In every metro area decades of demoRAT control has led to where we are today.

The demoRATS have stolen trillions of dollars over the years and the conditions have only gotten worse!!

WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

No. 26-50
stooge819
stooge819

This is like a scene from Groundhog Day.

JBo
JBo

So the bottom line is that a child molester tried to pull a gun on a cop to kill him and got shot first? I'm trying to find the sympathy card but it eludes me. I'd say that mamma raised a POS that abused children and he got what was coming. I'm surprised he lasted this long.

rspurgeon
rspurgeon

police come, do not reach for a gun, end of story. parents rather than protest, knock the crap out of your kids when they go wrong and start doing crime/drugs and carrying guns

rds40
rds40

So now all that liberal outrage doesn't apply to thugs committing armed robberies and attempting to shoot the officer?

These thugs kills significantly more than some acum in the highly publicised shooting incidents.

57slatzer
57slatzer

This whole story is about how police officers are doing their jobs properly and protecting themselves and the public. A lot of comments are throwing politics into it, people who do that are just stupid fucks. Back the Blue for what is right.