Sheriff Bill Elder of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department in Colorado in conjunction with Chief Pete Carey of the Colorado Springs Police Department, sadly report the death of Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick.

Deputy Flick, 34, and officers from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado Springs Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol responded to a shopping mall near the Murray Hill Apartment complex on an auto theft investigation. The officers encountered the lone male suspect involved and a struggle ensued. The suspect was able to brandish a firearm and commenced shooting at the officers. Four officers were struck by the suspect’s gunfire. A civilian was also struck by the gunfire. The officers were able to return fire with the suspect being killed in the shootout.

The wounded officers were transported to the University of Colorado Health Memorial Hospital Central. Flick succumbed to his gunshot wounds. One of the wounded officers is from Colorado Springs Police Department. Following surgery he is expected to recover as are the other two wounded deputies.

Carey said it was a tough day for all law-enforcement agencies.

“Tonight there is no distinction between our uniforms. State Patrol, Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Springs Police Department, our hearts are all broken,” he said.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper released a statement Monday to say the deadly violence against officers is having a grave impact on the state and that Flick’s death was a “senseless act of violence.”

“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,” he wrote in the statement. “However, we also must come together and say enough is enough. We want each officer, every deputy, to know we are grateful for their service.”

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner said his “heart breaks for this deputy and his family.”

“Once again, a member of Colorado law enforcement has made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the community,” Gardner said in a series of social media tweets. “I’m also praying for the other law enforcement officials involved in this tragedy. We owe everything to these brave, selfless heroes.”

Flick is the third Colorado sheriff’s deputy killed since New Year’s Eve.

On Dec. 31, Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Zackari Parrish was shot and killed during an ambush at a Highlands Ranch apartment complex.

Three other deputies, a Castle Rock Police Department SWAT officer and two civilians were wounded in the shooting.

Adams County sheriff’s deputy Heath Gumm was killed on Jan. 24 when deputies responded to an assault in progress call when a man pulled out a handgun and started shooting.

Micah Flick is an eleven-year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department and is survived by his wife and seven year old twins.

Elder says Flick died on his 11th anniversary of being with the sheriff’s office.

“Micah was an outstanding member of my agency. He will be missed,” said Elder.

Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Monday, February 5, 2018.