Colorado politicians mourn El Paso County sheriff’s deputy killed in line of duty

Author: Erin Prater - February 5, 2018 - Updated: February 6, 2018

Rick Beckner salutes the procession for El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick while holding his flag on the side of the road outside of the El Paso County Coroner’s Office, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Flick was shot and killed while he and other officers were investigating a stolen vehicle. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)

Colorado politicians took to Twitter Monday night to mourn the death of El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick, 34, killed Monday afternoon during the investigation of a vehicle theft in Colorado Springs.

Flick, an 11-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins, according to El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder.

Two other deputies and a Colorado Springs police officer were also shot, Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey said Monday night.

Flick is the third Colorado sheriff’s deputy to be killed in the line of duty over the past five weeks, and the 22nd law enforcement officer slain in the Pikes Peak region since 1896.

“There is no denying the grave impact this sequence of shootings is having on our state,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement Monday evening. “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 say enough is enough.

“We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service.”

Hickenlooper ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide Tuesday in honor of Flick.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s office tweeted that it was “deeply saddened” by Flick’s death and praying for area law enforcement.

Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican, tweeted that his “heart breaks” for Flick and his family.

“We owe everything to these brave, selfless heroes,” he stated.

Gardner’s Democratic colleague, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, tweeted that he is “devastated by this senseless act against law enforcement who put their lives on the line to protect communities.”

Fountain Mayor Gabriel P. Ortega released a statement Monday night, stating, in part, that the city is “forever grateful for the Deputy’s brave sacrifice.”

“To our brothers and sisters in the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and Colorado Springs Police Department, we stand with you,” the statement read.

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican, tweeted a picture of a shrouded El Paso County Sheriff’s Office badge and said he had a “heavy heart.” U.S. Reps. Ken Buck and Mike Coffman, both Colorado Republicans, tweeted similar sentiments, as did state Sen. Owen Hill, a Colorado Springs Republican.

“Please pray,” Hill tweeted earlier in the day.

Democratic State Rep. Pete Lee, of Colorado Springs, called Flick’s death “a true loss to our community.”

“We’ll never have an explanation good enough for his twins,” state Rep. Matt Gray, a Democrat from Broomfield, tweeted Monday evening.

Adams County Deputy Heath Gumm was killed Jan. 24 and Douglas County sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish was killed on New Year’s Eve.

Gumm, 31, was shot while chasing a suspect. Parrish, 29, was shot in suburban Denver by a man with a history of mental health issues.

Monday’s shooting occurred in a neighborhood of single-family homes, apartments and retail stores just east of downtown Colorado Springs, a city of about 465,000.


Gazette reporter Kaitlin Durbin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post,, and wire services.