Who is John Paz?
El Paso Sheriff's office is looking for John Paz
He is suspected in the killing of Deputy Andrew Peery
The officer responded to shooting reports in the Widefield-Security area
El Paso County Sheriff's official Andrew Peery was killed in the line of duty while responding to shooting reports in the Widefield-Security area. The sheriff's office tweeted that they are on the lookout for John Paz, a Hispanic male, who's suspected of the incident.
The 33-year-old should be considered armed and dangerous, the police said. "We and CSPD are looking to take him into custody", Sheriff Bill Elder said, adding, "If somebody knows where he is or you have information on this you can call 911 or our dispatch centre at 719-390-5555."
With the cops on the lookout, many have suggested forwarding Paz's photo to local media houses, so he can be tracked down quicker. Another individual noted "I hope John Paz is apprehended quickly", while sharing the news of Peery's demise.
Another Twitter user noted that deputies are on the lookout for this individual, adding "Our prayers to Deputy Peery’s family."
The shooting took place approximately at 5:07 PM in the 500 block of Ponderosa Drive in Security. Elder told reporters that two deputies and a Fountain police officer arrived at the scene almost immediately and were met with gunfire.
While returning fire, Peery, 39, was hit and additional units provided aid and other life-saving measures when they arrived. However, Peery succumbed to his injuries.
Governor Jared Polis said, "My thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Deputy Peery and all our neighbours in law enforcement who put their lives at risk to serve others."
The latest update from the Colorado Springs police says, "We can now confirm the scene is secure and there is no longer a threat to the public. This is a very complex investigation and our detectives will be on scene for several hours. Please continue to avoid the area. We will release more information as appropriate."