Colo. deputy killed while responding to shooting; suspect dead

Deputy Andrew Peery, 39, was among three officers who responded to a 911 call near a high school

Duty Death: Andrew Peery - [El Paso County, Colorado]

End of Service: 08/07/2022


By Sarah Calams

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — A deputy who responded to a shooting was shot and killed Sunday night after a suspect opened fire.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office Deputy Andrew Peery, 39, was among three officers who responded to a 911 call near a high school. 

"We had additional callers who were also hearing gunfire in the same area. Two of our deputies, alongside a Fountain police officer, arrived on scene almost simultaneously. As soon as they arrived, they were immediately met with gunfire," Sheriff Bill Elder told KKTV.com.

Peery, a six-year veteran with the sheriff's office, was shot and later died of his injuries. He leaves behind his wife and two children.

"Our deputies returned fire with at least one round, and after additional personnel arrived on scene, they immediately rendered aid and lifesaving measures,” Elder continued. 

After the shooting, the suspect, John Paz, remained at large. However, police later found him dead, according to KKTV.com. The incident remains under investigation.

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