Colorado Springs Police took a man into custody at his home two blocks from campus Monday morning after a four hour standoff following a report of shots fired there.
Officers surrounded his home on the 800 block of Wahstach Avenue around 8 a.m., according to scanner traffic, police and Campus Safety reports.
“The Colorado Springs Police Department reports that an individual is contained inside a house on Wahsatch near Dale after firing shots,” Campus Safety said in an all-campus email sent during the standoff. “The man allegedly exited the house and fired a handgun, then went back inside, repeatedly. Officers have advised that people within a one-mile radius, which includes the Colorado College campus, should remain indoors. Please share this information with others in your building, and stay away from the area. ”
The suspect house is 803 N. Wahsatch and the first reports of shots fired were called in around 8 a.m., according to CSPD spokeswoman Barbara Miller.
Police asked people within 1 miles of the incident to stay indoors, including parts of CC’s campus. A tactical enforcement unit, also known as SWAT, reached the scene around 9:30 a.m.
Officers set a perimeter in the area and were patrolling the surrounding streets.
Neighbors reported that they heard multiple gunshots around 7 a.m. and called police.
“I woke up to multiple gunshots, walked out and thought to myself, ‘I better get inside,'” said Doron Mitchell, a senior who lives nearby.
Campus Safety sent out alerts to the college community via text, email and phone call this morning around 9 a.m. encouraging those nearby to stay inside and avoid the area.
Police set roadblocks set near area intersections around Dale Street and Wahsatch Avenue and are giving the man inside the house verbal commands.
“Officers at the scene reported the man has come out of his apartment and shot his weapon toward downtown talking about himself in the third person, so this is probably a mental health situation,” Miller told The Gazette.
Colorado Springs School District 11 tweeted around 9 a.m. that North Middle School, Community Prep, Palmer High School, Columbia Elementary and Taylor Elementary are all on lockdown because of the police activity. Those lockdowns were lifted before noon once the suspect was taken into custody.
Stay with The Catalyst for updates on this story as it develops.
Jesse Paul, Editor-in-Chief