Man shot dead by police in Colorado Springs is identified.

A man shot dead by Colorado Springs police has been identified.

The shooting happened at about 2:30 a.m. Dec. 8 in the 1700 block of Herd Street. Police described the man, 45-year-old Michael Pantoja, as an armed burglary suspect.

Officers encountered Pantoja outside a home when they responded to a report of a “burglary in progress.”

“During the encounter at least one CSPD officer fired at least one round at the suspect who was struck by at least one round,” a news release said. Pantoja died at the scene. One officer has been placed on administrative leave per police department policy.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigative agency in the ongoing police shooting investigation.


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