Colorado Springs officers justified in shooting and killing gunman near school, review finds

Police shooting investigation says Colorado Springs officers who fatally shot a gunman who fired a gun at a motorist and pointed the gun at officers were justified in their use of lethal force.

Ahmad Akeem Abdul Muhammad, 30, was shot dead by police on October 28, 2021, after officers responded to a report by Muhammad shoot a gun at a moving car in a parking lot, said an account of the shooting released Thursday by the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office.

Several officers responded to the incident and Muhammad, armed with a rifle, fled on foot. Officers pursued Muhammad and twice shot him after he refused an order to drop the gun and instead pointed it at the officers while fleeing, according to the review.

Officers Paul Hubbard and Robert “BJ” Comstock met Muhammad near Vanguard Elementary School and again verbally ordered Muhammad to drop the gun, the review said. He did not comply and both officers fired, hitting the suspect three times. Muhammad was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

“The use of deadly physical force by all officers who fired their weapons was justified,” the review said.

Officers had an “objectively reasonable belief” that Muhammed posed a threat to officers, as well as adults and children in the area, the review found.

The El Paso County District Attorney’s Office ruled that the shooting constituted a justified use of deadly force based on a review of the evidence and facts of the case, and in accordance with Colorado law.