Colo. Springs teen mistaken for burglar, shot and killed by stepfather

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A teenager was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being accidentally shot by her stepfather Monday morning, Colorado Springs Police confirmed. Later in the morning, it was confirmed the teen had died of her injuries.

According to a Colorado Springs Police spokesperson, the shooting was reported in a residential area of northeastern Colorado Springs around 6 a.m. on Monday.

Emergency scanner traffic indicated the shooting may have occurred during a home invasion, but later in the morning officers said the shooting was more likely accidental.

Though they did not speak specifically about the nature of her injuries, police confirmed the shooting victim, an unidentified 14-year-old girl, was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were life-threatening, and eventually passed away.

No arrests had been made as of Monday morning, with police indicating that all of the involved parties in the shooting had been identified and contacted, and that there was “no reason to believe that there is any danger to the community.” Police also did not provide any specifics about why the stepfather had mistaken the girl for an intruder.

The case was expected to be turned over to the district attorney’s office after police finished their investigation. At that point in time, a decision will be made about what charges, if any, will be filed against the teen’s stepfather.