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One suspect injured in officer-involved shooting in Fountain


Last updated 11/23/2022 at 1:13pm

Karin Hill

Officers from various agencies, including Fountain Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Office, were on the scene of an officer-involved shooting on Village Meadows Drive on Sunday evening. The condition of all parties involved was not released.

UPDATE Nov. 23: The suspect has been identified as Ross Floursheim, 41. The Fountain PD officer involved in the shooting is Brett Ryder, a 5-year veteran of FPD and a K9 Officer with the Patrol Division. Ryder, who is K9 Goose's handler, has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy.

UPDATE 10:15 p.m. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office states one man was shot by Fountain police Sunday evening after he began shooting at officers responding to a domestic violence call.

"The suspect was then transported to a local hospital for treatment and is currently in surgery," an EPSO news release stated.

Here is the full release with all details available as of 10:15 p.m.:

"On Sunday, November, 20, 2022, at 6:45PM, officers with the Fountain Police Department responded to a reported Domestic Violence incident at a home in the 6900 block of Village Meadows Drive in the City of Fountain, Colorado. An adult female reported to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center her husband was on scene, was intoxicated, and wouldn’t let her leave the home with their son. She said she managed to escape the home to a neighbor and call 911. She said her son was still inside the residence with the suspect.

Shortly after officers arrived on scene, an adult male emerged from the residence and fired at least one round from a firearm at responding officers. At least one officer returned fire with at least one round, striking the suspect at least one time. No officers were injured. The child was immediately rescued from inside the home and was not injured. The suspect violently resisted officers’ efforts to place him into custody. As a result, a Taser was used to gain the suspect’s compliance. The suspect was then transported to a local hospital for treatment and is currently in surgery.

A shelter in place order was issued for the neighborhood immediately surrounding the scene but was lifted. There is no known continuing threat to the public from this incident at this time.

In accordance with Colorado Revised Statute 16-2.5-301, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigative agency for this officer-involved shooting. This is an ongoing investigation and information will be released as appropriate; no other information is available at this time. All updates, with the exception of naming the involved officers, will come from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Public Information Office."

UPDATE: Police confirmed that this is an officer-involved shooting, but the condition of all involved parties is not being released at this time. Fountain Public Safety Public Information Officer Lisa Schneider said that the scene is secure and there is no threat to the public, but investigators likely will be there for a few more hours.

Because a Fountain Police Officer was involved, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is taking over the investigation and will be the agency providing any future updates. Schneider said she could not comment on whether anyone was injured, only that the incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. at a residence.


Major law enforcement activity near the intersection of Fountain Mesa Road and Village Meadows Drive (just south of Fountain Fire Station 2). Authorities request that people avoid the area. Village Meadows and Hurley both are completely blocked on the west side of Fountain Mesa.


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