WP police officers involved in shooting: Suspect dies in hospital

An attempt by Woodland Park Police officers to apprehend a car thief ended in tragedy for the thief. According to news reports, Craig Bondo, 20, of Colorado Springs was pulled over at about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 on U.S. 24 near the Woodland Park Walmart in a car that Woodland Park Police Department officers determined had been stolen

In the attempt to make the arrest, Bondo allegedly tried to get away and hit an officer with the stolen vehicle. An officer started firing and Bondo was wounded. Paramedics were called to the scene and Bondo was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The police department did not name the officers who fired weapons but did confirm that more than one officer was involved in the incident. The officers were placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation by the 4th Judicial District. This is standard procedure when law enforcement officers are involved in shooting incidents. Further information about the investigation will be released by the judicial district.

During the incident and the subsequent investigation, eastbound U.S. 24 was closed from Aspen Garden Way to east of Crystola. Traffic was rerouted down Aspen Garden Way to Old Crystola Road.

Bondo leaves a 2-year-old son.


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