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Police: Two dead after interrupted burglary

January 14, 2013
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photo - Police investigate a possible shooting on Bassett Drive near Rogers Elementary School Monday, January 14, 2013. Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette Photo by
Police investigate a possible shooting on Bassett Drive near Rogers Elementary School Monday, January 14, 2013. Michael Ciaglo/The Gazette Photo by  

A burglar apparently shot two people inside a Colorado Springs home before fleeing the scene Monday afternoon, Colorado Springs police said in a Monday night news release.

Police said a burglar was inside a home at 222 Basset Drive, near South Circle Drive and Airport Road, when the residents returned home. A confrontation ensued and both residents were shot dead, police said in a news release.

Police said Monday night that a "person of interest" was being questioned in the case.

Other details, including the names of the two people who died, weren't released.

Police searched the neighborhood with tracking dogs after the bodies were discovered just after noon Monday. Officers had been called to the neighborhood on a call of gunfire.

Rogers Elementary School, Nikola Tesla Opportunity Center and STAR Academy were initially locked down as a precaution, according to officials.

Bassett was closed from Circle to Marcy Avenue for several hours during the investigation.

Police initially reported that suspect in the  case could be on the loose before reporting that person was held for questioning late Monday night.

Details on the person of interest, including why they were held, weren't released.

Officers at the scene Monday night remained tight-lipped.

Neighbors Monday night said the area is normally quiet and expressed alarm at the incident.

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