Colorado Springs Pastor Killed in Planned Parenthood Shooting

Attack at abortion clinic leaves three dead and nine wounded.

Among the victims was Garrett Swasey, a 44-year-old campus police officer for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The Washington Post profiles Swasey’s role at Hope Chapel, a nondenominational evangelical church, where he served as a co-pastor for seven years and played on the worship team.

 

Police confer at an intersection near the scene of a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

A shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday wounded nine people and killed three, including a longtime evangelical pastor working as a police officer.

The shooter—identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 57—exchanged shots with police during the five-hour attack before surrendering. Five officers and four civilians were injured, while one officer and two civilians died. The shooter’s motives remain unclear.

Among the victims was Garrett Swasey, a 44-year-old campus police officer for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

The Washington Post profiles Swasey’s role at Hope Chapel, a nondenominational evangelical church, where he served as a co-pastor for seven years and played on the worship team.

According to his Hope Chapel bio:

Garrett and Rachel began attending Hope Chapel in 2001. Initially drawn by its small size, they have grown to love the fellowship and teaching at Hope Chapel. As they raise their son, Elijah and daughter, Faith, they view the members of the church as their family. Both have been granted a servant’s heart by God, and are a demonstrative evidence of God’s grace to Hope Chapel. Rachel serves behind the scenes leading and watching the little ones in the nursery. Garrett works full time in Law Enforcement and provides oversight to our Care Groups. Additionally, as an elder, you will find him sharing his teaching gift as part of the teaching team and sharing his guitar skills on the worship team.

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