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Man shot in face north of Security


Last updated 11/19/2021 at 12:08pm

Authorities are investigating an early-morning incident that left a man with a serious gunshot wound to the face near South Academy Boulevard just north of Security. They're asking anyone with information to come forward.

Shortly before 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, a resident in the 5000 block of South Hwy. 85/87 called 911 to report a man was at the front door bleeding heavily. When deputies arrived on scene, they located an adult man with a gunshot wound to his face.

Medical personnel were summoned to the scene and subsequently transported the victim to a local hospital in critical condition. His condition is not known at this time. Before he was transported, El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputies were able to determine the man was likely shot in the area of Coventry Drive and South Academy Boulevard, which is in an unincorporated portion of the county.

Deputies immediately responded to that area and located evidence to corroborate the information the victim gave them. As such, EPSO's Major Crimes detectives responded and have taken over the investigation. They continue to work with the Patrol Division deputies to process the scene and work through the evidence to include developing suspect information.

Northbound South Academy Boulevard was blocked at Hartford Street for quite some time to preserve the scene but has since been reopened to one lane. There is not an anticipated time frame for the roadway to be completely reopened.

Officers from the Fountain Police Department and troopers with the Colorado State Patrol also responded to this incident.

"We ask that if you were in the area of South Academy Boulevard and Coventry Drive today between the hours of approximately 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. and believe you may have witnessed activity related to this incident, please call the Sheriff's Office Investigations Tip Line at 719-520-6666," EPSO Sgt. Jason Garrett said.


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