El Paso County Crime

Suspect, law enforcement injured in El Paso Co. chase, shooting identified

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The identities of the deputies and officers involved in last week's chase and shooting in El Paso County as well as that of the suspect were released on Monday. 

The suspect, identified as Robert Zupko, 45, was first spotted in the Security-Widefield area at around 2:44 a.m. on September 19.

He refused to pull over for a traffic stop and led law enforcement on a pursuit. Authorities had to back off due to safety concerns. 

According to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Zupko's reckless behavior continued so another pursuit was initiated. 

Sometime during the pursuit, multiple Sheriff's Office and Fountain Police Department vehicles were rammed including Deputy Cesar Talavera's, Sgt. Sheyna Marshall's, and Brett Ryder's. They were all taken to the hospital and have since been released. 

According to authorities, Zupko even drove at high speeds into oncoming traffic, forcing vehicles to "take evasive action in order to avoid being struck."

The second pursuit ended in a cul-de-sac in Fountain where shots were fired by two Fountain police officers and one El Paso County deputy. 

Those include: 

  • Corporal Noah Walter
  • Officer Matthew Angoy 
  • Deputy Cody Jaworksi

Jaworski suffered minor injuries during the incident and was released. The other two were not injured. 

Zupko did get shot and was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. He has since been released and transported to the EPC Criminal Justice Center. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.


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