Statement by UCCS Chancellor in re: UCCS officer death

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Statement by Pam Shockley Zalabak, chancellor
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

It is with great sadness that I share that the tragic events today at the offices of Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs have touched the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

SwaseyA UCCS police officer, Garrett Swasey (pronounced /Sway’zee/), 44, responded in support of Colorado Springs Police to the active shooter situation at about 11:50 a.m. Friday. He was killed in the line of duty.

UCCS officers are sworn, state-certified police officers. Officer Swasey was on duty at the campus and responded in support of Colorado Springs Police.

Officer Swasey was a six-year veteran of the UCCS Police Department.

UCCS is working with Officer Swasey’s family and continues to support the Colorado Springs Police Department at the shooting scene.

All questions about the investigation of Planned Parenthood shootings should be directed to the Colorado Springs Police Department.