Colorado Springs officers justified in fatal shooting of armed man near school, review finds

Colorado Springs police officers who fatally shot an armed man who had fired a gun at a motorist, and who pointed the weapon at officers, were justified in their use of deadly force, according to an investigation of the police shooting.

Ahmad Akeem Abdul Muhammad, 30, was shot by police on Oct. 28, 2021, after officers responded to a report of Muhammad firing a gun at a moving car in a parking lot, said a review of the shooting released Thursday by the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office.

Several officers responded to the incident and Muhammad, armed with a gun, fled on foot. Officers pursued Muhammad and at two points fired shots at him after he refused commands to drop the weapon and instead pointed it at officers while fleeing, according to the review.

Officers Paul Hubbard and Robert “BJ” Comstock encountered Muhammad near Vanguard Elementary School and again gave verbal commands for Muhammad to drop the weapon, the review said. He did not comply and both officers fired, striking the suspect three times. Muhammad was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

“The use of deadly physical force by all officers that fired their weapons was justified,” the review stated.

Officers had an “objectively reasonable belief” that Muhammed posed a threat to the officers, as well as to adults and children who were in the area, the review found.

The El Paso County District Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting to be a justified use of deadly force based on a review of the evidence and facts in the case, and in accordance with Colorado law.

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