Polis Won’t Call For Independent Investigation Of De’Von Bailey Killing

November 21, 2019
De'von Bailey Police Shooting Colorado SpringsDe'von Bailey Police Shooting Colorado SpringsHart Van Denburg/CPR News
A memorial has grown on Preuss Road t in southeast Colorado Springs where city police shot De'von Bailey on Aug. 3. He later died.

Gov. Jared Polis does not plan to call for an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting of De’Von Bailey in Colorado Springs, according to a statement sent to CPR News. 

A recent grand jury investigation into the Aug. 3 shooting ruled that the police were justified. Bailey, 19, was shot to death as he fled from officers during an investigation into an armed robbery. Officers said Bailey was shot after he “reached for a firearm.”

A spokesperson in the governor’s office said at this point an independent investigation would only cause more pain.

“Now that the Grand Jury has concluded, the Governor wants to ensure that our state supports the Bailey family and the community as they heal and recover,” the statement said.

The governor’s office called for a process to ensure public trust in law enforcement and to help law enforcement officials serve their communities. 

This is a developing story and will be updated.