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Suspect identified following officer-involved shooting at Palmer Park in early October

Christopher Ryan Bayless
Christopher Ryan Bayless(Background shooting scene, KKTV. Bayless photo CSPD)
Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 4:13 PM MDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 2:16 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A shooting at a popular Colorado Springs park involving police is under investigation.

The shooting was reported by an officer just after 4 p.m. on Oct. 7. The incident occurred at Palmer Park near Maizeland Road and North Academy on the southeast side of the park. According to Natashia Kerr with the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers were trying to make contact with a suspect believed to have been involved in two bank robberies. As police were making contact, Kerr says the suspect fired at least one shot and police fired at least one shot in return. The suspect was hit by gunfire and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

No officers were injured in the shooting. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave, which is typical in these types of cases.

The suspect was publicly identified on Oct. 18 as Christopher Ryan Bayless. Bayless if facing charges that included two counts of attempted first-degree murder and five counts of first-degree assault.

The officers involved in the shooting include:

-Sgt. McLain has been employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department since March of 2011.

-Officer Carey has been employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department since March of 2011.

-Officer Exley has been employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department since August of 2013.

-Officer Nelson has been employed with the Colorado Springs Police Department since April of 2014.

If you have information pertaining to this officer-involved shooting, please contact the Investigations Tip line at 719-520-6666.

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