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On Monday afternoon, El Paso County sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick, 34, became the third to die in 37 days. Along with the three deputy deaths since Dec. 31, a total of seven officers now have been wounded in the incidents. Three civilians have been hurt after being caught amid the gunfire. Two suspects are dead, and a third is in custody and facing murder charges. Three women are widows, and four children no longer have fathers.
Our blistering news cycle often buries cluster incidents like this - but that needs to stop. Much like this senseless violence needs to stop.
“With the recent loss of now three deputies and many others injured, there’s no denying the grave impact this sequence of shootings is having on our state,” the governor’s statement said. “We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy’s loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured; however, we must also come together and say enough is enough. We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service.”
Stay safe out there.