Surveillance video showing police shooting De'Von Bailey

Newly obtained surveillance video shows two white Colorado Springs police officers chase De’Von Bailey, 19, as he runs, then falls after being shot in the back. Bailey died later in a hospital, police said.

Before the African American youth was killed, the officers had been dispatched about 6:45 p.m. Saturday to a reported robbery on East Fountain Boulevard. When the officers contacted two men, police said, one man reached for a weapon, and at least one officer fired a shot.

On the video, obtained from a camera at 2141 Preuss Road near the shooting site, both officers appear to be white and Bailey does not appear to have a weapon, according to experts who viewed the video.

The video shows both officers behind Bailey, guns pointed at him, while he sits on the road. Seconds later, he rolls onto his stomach and officers handcuff him.

About 40 seconds after the shooting, a third officer arrives and police begin removing Bailey’s clothes. They give him chest compressions.

In a news release, police said Bailey reached for a gun, and they later recovered a firearm at the scene.

He is the seventh person shot by city police this year. Five were killed.

Bailey was arrested April 8 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust. He pleaded not guilty July 29. Five days later, he was dead.

The El Paso Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting, as is standard practice. The officers were wearing body cameras, but that video has not been released. The Sheriff's Office did not return calls from The Gazette seeking comment on the surveillance video. The source of the surveillance video said he had given sheriff's investigators a copy of the video.



By: ThisIsButter (43814.70)

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Location: Colorado Springs