Deputy’s autopsy report released by El Paso County coroner in change of course

Colorado Springs Independent: El Paso County Coroner Robert Bux has changed his mind and released the autopsy reports for Deputy Micah Flick and auto theft suspect Manuel Zetina on Sept. 7.

Flick, 34, died in a shootout with Zetina as part of the State Patrol’s Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE) task force that includes the Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting took place minutes before 4 p.m. at the Murray Hill Apartments at Galley Road and Murray Boulevard. Injured in the shooting were Sheriff’s Deputies Scott Stone and Jake Abendschan and CSPD Detective Marcus Yanez, and innocent bystander Thomas Villanueva, 29, who was paralyzed from the chest down by a bullet from Zetina’s gun.

Bux petitioned the District Court on July 12, seeking to have the reports sealed, citing grief of the Flick family as a reason. The Independent and other local media opposed his petition. After District Attorney Dan May released his report on Aug. 21 finding no basis for criminal charges, and the CSPD released its 907-page report on Sept. 5, Bux decided there was no longer a reason to seal the reports of the autopsies, conducted by Dr. Daniel Lingamfelter.

The autopsy of Flick, who was pronounced dead at 4:26 p.m. on Feb. 5, found that a gunshot entered his upper chest and exited his back on the right side. The bullet perforated the aorta, right lung and a rib. The trajectory was from front to back, left to right and downward. Flick suffered massive blood loss before he died.

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