On April 3, 2009 at around 12:00 AM, Patrol Officers from the Falcon Division as well as members of the CSPD Community Impact Team (COMMIT) were in the area of 5825 Mark Dabling Blvd assisting with crowd control at a concert performance at “Mr. Biggs”. The group E-40 had just finished their performance, and the crowd began dispersing into the parking lots of the business.
At around 12:04 AM, officers heard gunshots in the south parking lot. There they found a male in his late 20’s that had been shot, who was at that time seated in a silver sedan. Officers immediately removed the victim from the vehicle, and began CPR until medical personnel arrived. The male was then transported to Penrose Main Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
While officers were attending to the victim and the crowd in the parking lot, other officers had positioned themselves onto Mark Dabling Blvd to stop vehicles that may have been involved in the incident. One of the officers that was at the south end of Mark Dabling Blvd observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on the northbound side of the roadway passing other stopped vehicles. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but it continued past that officer. The officer then activated the cruisers’ emergency equipment, and began a pursuit of that vehicle southbound on I-25. A monitoring CSPD supervisor ordered that the pursuit should be terminated as the vehicle passed over Circle Drive continuing south on I-25. As is standard procedure, the CSPD Communications Center notified other agencies about the vehicle and its direction of travel.
A Colorado State Patrol Trooper observed the vehicle still traveling south on I-25 at mile marker 129, activated the cruisers’ emergency equipment, and began a pursuit of the vehicle south on I-25. At mile marker 108, Troopers deployed “stop sticks”, which are devices designed to deflate the tire of a vehicle when it drives over them. This tactic proved successful, and the vehicle was stopped at mile marker 107. The driver, who was the lone occupant, was detained by the CSP Troopers so CSPD personnel could determine what, if any involvement that individual may have had in the shooting. Detectives from the Violent Crimes/Homicide Unit began their investigation, and based on their findings they have placed Terry Gaines Jr., Age 22, of Colorado Springs under arrest for First Degree Murder. Mr. Gaines was the driver of the vehicle pursued by both CSPD officers and CSP troopers, and stopped by the CSP at mile marker 107. No photo of Gaines is available at this time.
The identity of the shooting victim is being withheld until the appropriate notifications can be made. The male will be taken to the El Paso County Coroners Office where an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of the death. If this death is ruled a homicide, this would be the 7th in 2009. There were 8 (eight) homicides in the City of Colorado Springs at this time in 2008.