El Paso County Crime

Suspect in Colorado Springs road rage shooting has prior convictions for vehicular homicide

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs Police Department says they have made an arrest in connection with Thursday's shooting off Dublin Boulevard. 

Khalil Sanders is accused of shooting and seriously injuring a 34-year-old woman in what police believe to be an isolated case of road rage. 

The victim is expected to survive. Her name has not been released. 

Initially, he was taken in for possession of a weapon by a previous offender and was transported to the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on February 2. After further investigation, officers determined Sanders' connection with the shooting and served him while he was behind bars with an arrest warrant for first-degree assault on February 3. 

The incident happened in the 1300 block of Dublin Boulevard at 2:49 p.m. 

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim was driving a 2008 Ford Taurus and Sanders was driving a Chevy Malibu.

The document says that according to a witness, the Taurus cut off the Malibu multiple times before the Taurus pulled over to the side of the road.

The affidavit says that the victim told a detective that she accidentally cut off the Malibu. She said she then changed lanes a couple of times, and that each time she changed lanes, the Malibu changed lanes as well. The victim also told the detective that she saw the driver put his left arm out the window and fire one shot.

The bullet went into the trunk of the car and through the seats before hitting the driver. She suffered a broken rib and a lacerated spleen, according to the affidavit. 

The court document also says that Sanders was convicted on two counts of vehicular homicide in 2013 and that as a convicted felon it was not legal for him to have a gun. 

"More and more we see road rage that has the potential to turn violent," Sgt. Mark Devorss, a patrol officer with the Colorado Springs Police Dept. Gold Hill Division explained.

He advises not to fight back if you are being threatened by another driver.

"The safest event is to first of all not engage if you're following too close don't brake check them. trying to get around you don't prevent it, let them go on their way," Devorss said.

Once you start to engage, the situation can escalate quickly and turn dangerous.

"It can become a threat to them or a challenge and then it's a game to them."

Another tip: The most important piece of information you can obtain for police in a road rage scenario is a license plate number, so they can track down a potential suspect.

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