COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have identified the Colorado Springs Police officer who shot and killed a suspected shoplifter as a nine-year veteran of the force.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported ( ) Officer Anthony Voltz's name was released Friday.

Voltz is on paid leave while the El Paso County Sheriff's Department investigates.

Authorities say Voltz was responding to a report of shoplifting at a Walmart on Monday when the suspect fled, brandishing a weapon.

Investigators say the weapon was a pellet pistol that was a close replica of a firearm.

Authorities say Voltz shot and killed the suspect, identified as 45-year-old James Young.

Young was wanted on suspicion of vehicle theft and vehicular eluding before the shoplifting report. He also was wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant from the Colorado Department of Corrections.


Information from: The Gazette,