ICYMI – A Colorado police officer has died after succumbing to the injuries he sustained in a fall from a 40-foot bridge while in pursuit of carjacking suspects.
35-year-old Officer Julian Becerra passed away Saturday evening, February 11, at Penrose Hospital located in Colorado Springs. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
According to the police department, a processor was held to move Becerra’s body from the hospital that same Saturday evening to the El Paso County Coroner’s Office.
A police spokesperson released a statement:
“We appreciate the public’s outpouring of support over the past week for Officer Becerra, his family and the Fountain Police Department.”
The incident occurred on February 2 around 4 p.m. when officers had been requested to help the Department of Corrections find a carjacking suspect.
Officers were finally able to disable the stolen vehicle around 8 p.m. following multiple pursuits as well as one other attempted carjacking by the suspects.
The stolen vehicle was disabled nearby a Colorado Springs bridge, where both the driver and Becerra exited their vehicles.
Becerra fell from the bridge, landing in a riverbed and sustained critical injuries.
According to officials, the three suspects were arrested on warrants as well as suspicion of felonies that had taken place during the pursuit.
At one point, the driver of the stolen vehicle attempted to jump from the bridge, but luckily officers were able to capture him and pull him to safety.
Just a day before his death, Becerra was placed on life support, surrounded by family and friends.
Prior to his death, Becerra had been with the police department for over four years and previously served in the U.S. Air Force.
Candles, flowers and notes have been placed around Becerra’s police cruiser in observance of his passing. Funeral plans have not yet been announced.