Police Officer I Garrett Preston Russell Swasey

Police Officer I Garrett Preston Russell Swasey

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, November 27, 2015

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Garrett Preston Russell Swasey

Police Officer Garrett Swasey was shot and killed while responding to an active shooter at a medical facility at 3480 Centennial Boulevard shortly after 11:30 am.

A subject armed with a rifle had entered the facility and opened fire on employees and patients before barricading himself inside. Officer Swasey was among the initial responders and was fatally shot at the scene along with two civilians. Five Colorado Springs Police Department officers, one El Paso County Sheriff's Office deputy, and four civilians suffered gunshot wounds during the incident.

A SWAT team took the subject into custody inside the building approximately five hours later. The suspect has been repeatedly deemed incompetent to stand trial and is being held in a mental facility.

Officer Swasey had served with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Police Department for six years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 4U32

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed to mental hospital

active shooter

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I am sitting here in the early hours of the morning and my thoughts drifted to that cold snowy day. I am sorry. I am sorry we could not get to you, we tried and tried. It kills me, that nightmare call haunts my dreams. I was able to take my son to your memorial and show him sacrifice for others. I listened as people spoke of you and wished I had known you before that day. It has taken me several years to be able to type my thoughts and memories from that day. I know that your family is in great hands with you watching over them. I hope that one day I can know you in person and speak with you about your life and how it touched others.

God Bless and Go Speed.


December 5, 2019

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