A Colorado police officer has tragically died after falling from a bridge while in pursuit of a fleeing suspect. On Friday, August 21st, the officer was chasing a suspect in a stolen car on Interstate 70 in Parachute, CO. As the chase continued, the officer attempted to deploy a tire deflation device, also known as a “stop stick”, across the road. As the officer was crossing a bridge over the Colorado River, he lost his balance and fell off the bridge into the river below.
The police officer was pulled from the river by the Colorado State Patrol Dive Team and transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The suspect was apprehended by officers shortly after the incident.
The officer’s identity has not been released, but the police department has released a statement mourning the loss of their colleague. “It is with deep regret and sorrow that we announce the death of one of our officers,” the statement read.
This tragedy has sent shockwaves throughout the community and the police department. The officer, who had been with the department for nearly two decades, was highly respected among his colleagues and the community. “He was a dedicated public servant who was passionate about his job,” the police department said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
The police department is currently conducting an investigation into the incident, and has asked for the public’s help in providing any information that may be relevant. “We are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragedy,” the police department said. “We thank the public for their understanding and patience as we work to determine the details of this incident.” The police department is also planning a memorial service for the fallen officer and has asked the public to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time. The department has set up a memorial fund in the officer’s name to help support his family.
The loss of this Colorado police officer is a tragedy that will be felt throughout the community. Our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.