Monday, September 9, 2019

Springs man shot by police 20 times, autopsy report says

Posted By on Mon, Sep 9, 2019 at 4:05 PM

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Colorado Springs police officers shot Joshua Vigil at least 20 times, according to the El Paso County Coroner's Office autopsy report, released Sept. 9.

Vigil, 38, died on July 23, the autopsy says, after "an altercation with law enforcement."

Police first approached Vigil after receiving a report of a man with a gun, according to KKTV's report at the time.

Later, he crashed a vehicle and was confronted by police at Fountain Garden Apartments.

The autopsy report says Vigil was shot in the head, chest, trunk multiple times, neck, back at least four times, shoulder, left arm and left foot. The autopsy report also shows Vigil had several drugs in his system, including methamphetamine and amphetamine.

Vigil's family has told local media they contacted police after Vigil's first interchange, saying he was upset and needed help with mental health or emotional issues.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation. Three Springs officers were placed on leave; it's unclear if they've returned to duty.

Vigil's family has demanded that body camera footage of the shooting be released. The District Attorney's Office has not yet ruled on whether the shooting was justified.

Read the autopsy report:

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