El Paso County Crime

DA rules fatal shooting on attempted murder suspect in COS justified

COLORADO SPRINGS - The District Attorney has ruled that the actions taken by Colorado Springs police officers leading to the fatal shooting of an attempted murder suspect back in February were justified.

The ruling that was announced on Tuesday comes after a man was fatally shot by several officers on February 21 near the area of Palmer Park and Circle.

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The sequence of events began with CSPD Dispatch getting a call at around 3 p.m. that day. A citizen claimed that Misael Cano was on a roof of a building along Illinois Avenue.  

Cano was wanted for charges that included Attempted Second Degree Murder and First Degree Assault. 

Officers found Cano in the 2900 block of Illinois Avenue. When they tried to approach him, he jumped into his vehicle and drove off.  

One of the officers was able to stab a tire from the vehicle before he drove off, causing him to crash near the intersection of Templeton Gap and Filmore Street. 

Cano then got out and started a foot pursuit on Elm Meadow View. At this point, officers had noticed that Cano had a gun in his hand.

When an officer asked him to put it down, Cano refused and started to raise it at the officer. The officer fired one shot, hitting a gas meter attached to a home nearby. 

Cano used his gun to force his way into a home located on Elm Meadow View. He then stole the resident's van. 

A vehicle pursuit ended in the area of Circle and Palmer Park. Cano pointed his 9mm at officers and fired. Three officers fired back, shooting Cano multiple times.

Cano was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

His 9mm was found in the floor board of the van. 

After reviewing body cam footage, security cameras from nearby businesses, and questioning with the officers involved as well as witnesses, the judge ruled actions made by the officers to be justified. 

No charges will be filed. 

CSPD released body camera footage related to this incident on August 14. To watch: 


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