Chhun Sun

Chhun Sun covers public safety and general assignments for The Gazette. The Thailand-born, Cambodian-American joined the newspaper's staff in 2015. He previously worked at publications in California, Utah, Washington and the countries of Cambodia and Azerbaijan. He can be reached at or by phone at 719-636-0235. Follow him on Twitter at @chhunsun.
  • Colorado Springs motorcycle officer injured in crash while escorting VP Mike Pence's motorcade

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    A Colorado Springs motorcycle cop was injured in a crash while escorting Vice President Mike Pence's motorcade to the airport Saturday morning. The officer, whose name has not been released, was in serious and stable condition, the Police Department said. The crash happened on...

  • Skies filled with smoke around Colorado Springs from western wildfire


    State officials are warning that haze from a Utah fire can be seen throughout Colorado on Thursday. "Enormous amounts of smoke" are coming from the Brian Head wildfire that has burned 10,950 acres in southwestern Utah, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in...

  • Man, 76, dies in crash west of Palmer Park in Colorado Springs


    A 76-year-old man died after crashing his truck into a tree Thursday morning in east Colorado Springs, police said. James Burns of Colorado Springs died at a local hospital. The crash was reported shortly before 9:30 a.m. near Melissa Drive and Paseo Road. Burns was driving south...

  • Tularemia found in rabbit in northeast Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    El Paso County Public Health officials confirmed Wednesday that a wild rabbit in northeast Colorado Springs died from tularemia, a bacterial infection. No humans have been infected. Known as "rabbit fever," the bacteria was found after a resident discovered several dead wild...

  • Colorado driver's license fee going up $1 in July

    Updated: Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    Colorado is raising the fee for a driver's license by $1 to $27 starting July 1. The change is part of House Bill 16-1415, which aims to offset the cost of providing Division of Motor Vehicles driver services, the Colorado Department of Revenue said. For more information, visit...

  • Girl, 6, critically injured in rollover crash south of Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    A 6-year-old girl suffered life-threatening injuries after the minivan she was riding in landed on top of her during a single-vehicle crash in Fountain on Wednesday night, Colorado State Patrol said. The girl, who was not properly restrained, was thrown from the vehicle, State Patrol...

  • Police investigating vehicle-bicyclist crash south of downtown Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    Police are investigating a crash involving a vehicle and bicyclist Thursday afternoon just south of downtown Colorado Springs. The crash, reported just before 1:30 p.m., happened at Cascade Avenue and Fountain Boulevard. It is unknown if anyone was injured. Check with

  • Mark Dabling Boulevard reopens 2 weeks early

    Published: Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    Mark Dabling Boulevard has reopened after a road construction project finished two weeks ahead of schedule, Colorado Springs city officials announced Thursday. The road between Garden of the Gods Road and South Rockrimmon Boulevard was closed May 15 as crews replaced two aging...

  • Car badly damaged after collision with elk in north Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, Jun 22, 2017

    Colorado State Patrol is warning about wildlife on the roads after a car crashed into an elk in north Colorado Springs early Thursday morning. In a Twitter post, State Patrol said the crash happened about 2:30 a.m. on Interstate 25 near Interquest Parkway and left the vehicle with a...

  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo appeals for help in final push for new endangered species exhibit

    Updated: Wed, Jun 21, 2017

    Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has raised more than 95 percent of the money it needs to build a new, dynamic facility for endangered African penguins, hippos and other animals. But now, it needs the community's help. On Wednesday, zoo president and CEO Bob Chastain said the zoo - a...

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