COLORADO SPRINGS - Police have identified both the suspect and the Sand Creek Division officer who died Tuesday morning following a shooting during a traffic stop.
Colorado Springs Police say 32-year-old Ken Jordan was shot Monday night by 25-year-old Marco Lee.
Just after 11 p.m. Monday, two Sand Creek Division Officers conducted a traffic stop with the assistance of Officer Ken Jordan as backup, after they suspected a driver to be under the influence in the 4400 block of East Fountain Blvd.
9NEWS spoke with Sergeant Mark Stevens of the Colorado Springs Police Department. He told 9NEWS, "Two of the officers approached the car to evaluate the driver and the driver produced a handgun and started shooting at the officers."
Stevens added, "One officer was struck and went down. The other officers responded and exchanged gunfire. The suspect was hit and he went down."
According to police, both Jordan and Lee were taken to Memorial Hospital.
Jordan died shortly after midnight at Memorial.
Police say Lee's injuries are not life threatening.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports Lee made a phone call to a friend before allegedly firing the gun, saying he did not want to be arrested again for drunk driving.
Lee has a criminal record that includes traffic violations and drug and weapons charges. Most of those charges were dropped in a plea deal. He was also arrested for DUI in May.
Lee worked at a pizza restaurant in Colorado Springs for seven years and also recently worked for Metro Glass in Denver.
The additional two officers involved have been put on administrative leave, which is a common practice after deadly force situations.
"It is with deep regret and sorrow that I stand before you today to discuss the murder of Officer Ken Jordan," said Interim Police Chief Dave Felice. "We ask for your patience and understanding and your continued thoughts and prayers as we struggle to comprehend this senseless tragedy."
"We just want our officers to know that this is a family, that this is a community and we're rallying around each other," said Felice.
"Our police officers risk their lives every day and you never expect something like this to happen," said Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera.
Fountain Boulevard was closed as the district attorney's office and the Colorado Springs Police Department's Major Crimes Unit continued their investigation. Officials were able to use a helicopter to obtain aerials of the scene.
Felice says Jordan joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in January 2000 and was one of eight DUI officers with the Sand Creek Division. Felice says he was a "consummate professional."
Jordan was born in Chicago and leaves behind a mother, father and sister.
A memorial fund has been set up in the name of Officer Kenneth Jordan at the Colorado Springs Credit Union. Donations can be made at any branch or mailed to the credit union's main office.
The address is: 3010 E. Willamette Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.
This is the second officer shooting death in the past year for Colorado Springs.
Officer Jared Jensen was shot and killed in February while trying to make an arrest.
Detective Jensen was working with other officers to find Jereme Lamberth who was wanted for the Feb. 2 stabbing of his sister. Police say Lamberth shot Jensen in the head and Lamberth was eventually caught.
Prior to Jensen's death a Colorado Springs police officer had not died in the line of duty since 1982. That year, Officer Mark Dabling was walking to his car during a traffic stop when the driver of the stopped car shot him in the back.
Stevens commented on this being the second death in a year saying, "This is a bad year . . . two officer deaths is just unheard of."
"It's been over 20 years since we've had a shooting and here we've had two in 10 months," said Felice.
Does anyone ever wonder why cops have to use extra force in the line of duty? When they are getting killed pulling someone over the rest of them are going to make sure the same doesn't happen to them.