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Gazette Premium Content Armed standoff over in downtown Colorado Springs

By Andrea Sinclair Published: September 16, 2013

A three-hour armed standoff on North Wahsatch Avenue and East Dale Street came to an abrupt end at 11:37 a.m. with one man in custody, police confirmed.

Scanner traffic indicated the man inside the apartment at 803 N. Wahsatch Ave. fired shots at a robot sent in by the Tactical Enforcement Unit at 11:27 a.m. The man then came out of his apartment holding a handgun and a K-9 Unit subdued him, police said.

Barbara Miller, police spokeswoman, said the man was taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation, then booked into the El Paso County jail.

School District 11 officials confirmed the lockdown status was lifted at Palmer High School, North Middle School, Community Prep, Columbia Elementary and Taylor Elementary.

Tactical Enforcement Unit members were conducting a search of the apartment, where no other occupants have been found.

Colorado Springs police blocked off the area around North Wahsatch Avenue and East Dale Street to get a man to surrender after allegedly firing several shots outside his residence.

Miller said the department was in the process of obtaining a search warrant to enter the apartment and the Tactical Enforcement Unit sent in a robot to assess exactly where the man was inside his residence.

"Right now it's a waiting game, officers are making contact with him and trying to talk him down, but they won't enter unless they hear shots fired and that hasn't happened," Miller said.

Scanner traffic indicated the disturbance began shortly after 8 a.m., when nearby residents called 9-1-1 and reported hearing shots fired several times since Monday at 4 a.m.

Police set up barricades and roped off the area surrounding the man's apartment about 8:40 a.m., after he allegedly refused to follow verbal commands to surrender.

The man allegedly exited his home and fired a handgun, then went back inside, repeatedly.

Police said no injuries were reported.

Police instructed residents in a one-mile radius to stay in their homes while the situation was ongoing, including Colorado College's campus residents.

The Tactical Enforcement Unit arrived shortly after 9:30 a.m. and the man refused to come out of his apartment, Miller said.

"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 said.

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