Police Officer Matthew Tyner
Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Tour of Duty: 16 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
Date of Incident: July 24, 2012
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Pete Carey
Colorado Springs Police Department
705 S Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 444-7000
Police Officer Matt Tyner was killed in a motorcycle accident while performing traffic enforcement on Austin Bluffs Parkway, Oro Blanco Drive and Old Farm Drive, shortly after 2:30 pm.
His motorcycle collided with another vehicle, causing him to suffer fatal injuries.
Officer Tyner had served with the Colorado Springs Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the Kansas City Police Department for six years. He was assigned to the Specialized Enforcement Motorcycle Unit.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado Springs police motorcycle officer died following a collision with a vehicle on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Office Matthew Tyner was conducting traffic enforcement about 2:30 p.m. when the collision happened near Austin Bluffs Parkway and Silver Drive, police said.
Tyner was taken to Memorial Hospital Central, where several other motorcycle officers gathered, the Gazette reported.
Police Chief Pete Carey announced the officer had died at the hospital.
"Today proved to be devastating to the Colorado Springs Police Department," Carey said in a brief statement, the newspaper reported. The chief was accompanied by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and Fire Chief Rich Brown.
Police said the cause of the crash was under investigation.
The department’s Major Accident Unit is investigating the crash. A representative from the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office was also on the scene as is protocol in fatal accidents.
Prior to joining the Colorado Springs Police Department, Tyner served as an officer for three years with the Kansas City Police Department.
He joined the Colorado Springs agency in January 1999, where he served as a patrol officer, a neighborhood resource officer and training academy instructor before becoming part of the Specialized Enforcement Division/Motorcycle Unit.
"Matthew’s outgoing personality and friendship will be sorely missed by all those who knew him and worked with him," the department said in a statement.