COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(KXRM) — A University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer was among those killed in the shooting at the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs Friday.
UCCS chancellor Pam Shockley Zalabak said Garrett Swasey, 44, was killed in the shooting. Swasey was on duty at UCCS and went to the scene around 11:50 a.m. in support of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Swasey was a native of Melrose, Massachusetts. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1989, along with Melrose Mayor Robert Dolan. In a statement on the Melrose police department’s website, Police Chief Michael Lyle said “The entire Melrose Police Department mourns the loss of our brother officer and native son of Melrose. […] This is a tragic and senseless loss of life, as a man who dedicated much of his life to helping others was murdered while performing his duties.”
According to the Associated Press, Garrett Swasey moved to Colorado in the 1980s to pursue figure skating, where he won a national championship in the junior ranks. Swasey was considered a “great dad” and “was loved by all in his department.”
Swasey was a six-year veteran of the UCCS Police Department.
Two civilians were also killed in the shooting. Four civilians and five police officers were injured.
Law enforcement agencies across the state posted tributes to Swasey on social media.