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

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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It is the most amazing thing for officers to run towards the danger when everyone is running away. The increase in the occurrences of active shooters and how absolutely soulless these people are in carrying out these acts makes it even more so. Thank you for being one of the ones who sacrifice their own safety to save others. Your sacrifice was certainly not in vain. God bless your family and loved ones.

Mikelle Agee-Odoms
911 Dispatcher

January 28, 2018

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