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De’Von Bailey shooting and aftermath: Timeline of events 



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click to enlarge De'Von Bailey is pictured on the left in this still from an officer's body-worn camera. - COLORADO SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Colorado Springs Police Department
  • De'Von Bailey is pictured on the left in this still from an officer's body-worn camera.
Aug. 3: Officers respond to a 911 report of an armed robbery, and question two black men matching the caller’s description on Preuss Road near Adams Park. One officer instructs the men to remain still while another officer conducts a search for firearms. De’Von Bailey, 19, turns to run away and is instructed multiple times to put his hands in the air. Rather, his hands fall out of sight. He dies after being shot by at least one Colorado Springs Police Department officer.

Aug. 5: About 50 people rally outside City Hall, and later march to the Police Operations Center, to protest the fatal Saturday shooting of De’Von Bailey. Outside the police building, a fight breaks out after two white men on motorcycles approach the crowd. The men, Dustin W. Brooks and Justin J. Brooks, are arrested for disorderly conduct after drawing handguns.

click to enlarge Bailey's family and attorneys, and community leaders, called for an independent investigation. - REGAN FOSTER
  • Regan Foster
  • Bailey's family and attorneys, and community leaders, called for an independent investigation.
Aug. 4: Dozens of residents flock to Preuss Road to hold a candlelight vigil in Bailey’s honor.

Aug. 6: Mayor John Suthers releases a statement pledging that the city and police department would work with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the agency investigating the incident, to “ensure a thorough evaluation of the evidence.”

Aug. 7: The Gazette publishes surveillance video showing part of the incident. In the video, a black man is seen running away from two white officers before he collapses and slumps forward.

Aug. 13: Bailey’s family members, flanked by attorneys and leaders of the black community, host a press conference outside the Police Operations Center. The family calls for an independent, third-party investigation of the incident, to be led by the Colorado Attorney General’s office rather than EPCSO.

click to enlarge De'Von Bailey turns to run in this video still from an officer's camera. - COLORADO SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Colorado Springs Police Department
  • De'Von Bailey turns to run in this video still from an officer's camera.
Aug. 15: The police department releases body-worn camera footage from the incident. The video shows police officers approaching two suspects and asking them to put their hands up while the officers check for weapons. Bailey consents before turning to run from the officers, at which point at least one officer fires multiple shots and he falls to the ground. Officers locate a handgun in Bailey’s shorts before performing first aid.

That same day, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office releases the autopsy report, which reveals Bailey was shot four times, three shots to the back and once in the right arm. The coroner determines the manner of death as homicide, defined in Colorado statute as “the killing of a person by another.” At 4 p.m., the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office concludes its investigation, turning the matter over to the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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