<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:16:38 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Suspect identified in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting, 3 killed, 9 injured]]> http://gazette.com/suspect-identified-in-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-3-killed-9-injured/article/1564419?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspect-identified-in-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-3-killed-9-injured/article/1564419?custom_click=rss

A law enforcement official confirmed the identity of the man arrested Friday in connection to the shooting. His name is Robert Lewis Dear.  

7:30 P.M. UPDATE:

UCCS has confirmed Garrett Swasey, 44, a six-year veteran of the UCCS Police, was killed in Friday's shoting.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 22:55:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs shooting suspect lived solitary, mysterious life]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-shooting-suspect-lived-solitary-mysterious-life/article/1564479?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-shooting-suspect-lived-solitary-mysterious-life/article/1564479?custom_click=rss

HARTSEL - For years, Robert Lewis Dear Jr. sought solitude - living in East Coast mountain cabins without electricity or in a travel trailer along the rolling prairies of South Park.

A hazy picture of Dear, 57, began to emerge Saturday, a day after investigators say he stormed a Planned Parenthood clinic in west Colorado Springs and shot at officers during a five-hour standoff that left three people dead and nine wounded.

Hints of anti-abortion zealotry emerged when national news outlets reported Dear told investigators "no more baby parts" upon his surrender. The remark appeared to reference videos released over the summer by an anti-abortion group depicting Planned Parenthood's practice of using fetal tissue for research.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 21:23:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Iraq war veteran was one of victims of Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting]]> http://gazette.com/iraq-war-veteran-was-one-of-victims-of-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting/article/1564543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iraq-war-veteran-was-one-of-victims-of-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting/article/1564543?custom_click=rss

Ke'Arre Marcell Stewart, an Iraq war veteran and father of two, has been identified by family and friends as one of two civilians who was killed at west-side Planned Parenthood Friday.

Stewart, 29, was from Waco, Texas and graduated from La Vega High School in Waco in 2004, according to the Denver Post. Stewart was stationed at Fort Hood and did one tour in Iraq.

Sharon Wolfe said she worked with Stewart when he was a supervisor at a center which provided customer support for the Connect for Colorado Health Insurance Assistance Program.

"He was probably one of the most caring men I've ever met in my life," Wolfe said. "He was always there to help. If you ever had a question, you knew you could go to Ke'Arre. He was

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 21:02:20 -0700
<![CDATA[Civilian victims of Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs identified; Centennial Boulevard reopens]]> http://gazette.com/civilian-victims-of-planned-parenthood-shooting-in-colorado-springs-identified-centennial-boulevard-reopens/article/1564539?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/civilian-victims-of-planned-parenthood-shooting-in-colorado-springs-identified-centennial-boulevard-reopens/article/1564539?custom_click=rss

Here's a look at some of Sunday's developments in the aftermath of Friday's shooting at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood that killed three people.

- Civilian victims have been identified as Jennifer Markovsky and Ke'Arre M. Stewart.

On Facebook, Stewart's sister Leyonte Chandler wrote that he was an Army veteran who served a tour in Iraq. Stewart, 29, leaves behind two young daughters.

Sharon Wolfe said she worked with Stuart when he was a supervisor at CGI Technologies & Solutions, which provided customer support for the Connect for Colorado Health Insurance Assistance Program.

"He was probably one of the most caring men I've ever met in my life," Wolfe said. "He was always there to help. If you ever

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:54:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Wife of Officer Garrett Swasey, killed in Planned Parenthood attack: 'Being a police officer was a part of him']]> http://gazette.com/wife-of-officer-garrett-swasey-killed-in-planned-parenthood-attack-being-a-police-officer-was-a-part-of-him/article/1564542?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wife-of-officer-garrett-swasey-killed-in-planned-parenthood-attack-being-a-police-officer-was-a-part-of-him/article/1564542?custom_click=rss

The family of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Officer Garrett Swasey, who was killed after responding to Friday's deadly attack at Planned Parenthood, issued this statement on Sunday: 

Nov. 29, 2015
Statement by Rachel Swasey, wife of Officer Garrett Swasey 

The family of Officer Garrett Swasey sincerely thanks everyone for their support during this very difficult time. Our loss cannot be expressed in words. While the nation now knows Garrett as a hero who gave his life for others, he was also a devoted husband of 17 years and a wonderful father to his two children. His greatest joys were his family, his church, and his profession.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:40:09 -0700
<![CDATA[El Paso County man arrested after father shot; Douglas County SWAT called for help]]> http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-man-arrested-after-father-shot-douglas-county-swat-called-for-help/article/1564537?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/el-paso-county-man-arrested-after-father-shot-douglas-county-swat-called-for-help/article/1564537?custom_click=rss

An early morning family dispute in Gleneagle erupted into violence Sunday when a man shot his father in the head while three other family members were home.

Clifford Bishop, 46, was taken into custody without further bloodshed about 7:20 a.m. by members of the Douglas County Regional SWAT, three hours after officers surrounded the residence and ordered neighbors out of their homes.

The victim is expected to survive, said El Paso County sheriff's spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby. His identity wasn't released.

Bishop was arrested on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, felony menacing and illegal use of a firearm. He is being held without bond pending advisement at the El Paso County jail.

Authorities were

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:44:59 -0700
<![CDATA[Mother of 2 killed in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting 'lived for her kids']]> http://gazette.com/mother-of-2-killed-in-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-lived-for-her-kids/article/1564547?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mother-of-2-killed-in-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-lived-for-her-kids/article/1564547?custom_click=rss

A stay-at-home mother with two children was identified as a victim killed Friday in the attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic in west Colorado Springs.

Jennifer Markovsky, 35, was among three people killed in the shooting spree, along with an Iraq war veteran and a university police officer who responded to the rampage. Nine others - the majority of them law enforcement officers - were wounded by gunfire.

Markovsky, who was married and had a son and a daughter, moved to Colorado Springs after her husband was stationed here with the military.

"She was the most wonderful, kindest person you'd ever know." said her father, John Ah-King, during a telephone interview from Hawaii.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:13:04 -0700
<![CDATA[Crime scene from Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting will take nearly a week to process]]> http://gazette.com/crime-scene-from-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-will-take-nearly-a-week-to-process/article/1564544?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/crime-scene-from-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting-will-take-nearly-a-week-to-process/article/1564544?custom_click=rss

Investigators following up on Friday's deadly shooting at Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood estimate it will take six to seven days to process the crime scene, officials said in a joint investigation release Sunday.

It is anticipated that Centennial Boulevard will be open to traffic by Monday morning, according to officials.

Autopsies are scheduled Monday for the two civilians slain in Friday's deadly rampage at Planned Parenthood in west Colorado Springs, one of many grim steps ahead as the city continues its recovery after a gunman's five-hour reign of violence. Read more here.

On Sunday the family of officer Garrett Swasey, a third person who was killed, released a statement. Read more here.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 15:06:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Possible motive for accused Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood gunman: 'No more baby parts']]> http://gazette.com/possible-motive-for-accused-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-gunman-no-more-baby-parts/article/1564495?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/possible-motive-for-accused-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-gunman-no-more-baby-parts/article/1564495?custom_click=rss

As Colorado Springs tried coming to grips with its second mass shooting in a month, the revelation of four words uttered by the gunman upon his surrender hinted at anti-abortion zealotry leading up to the attacks.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, told investigators "no more baby parts" after surrendering to heavily armed officers at the city's lone Planned Parenthood clinic Friday, multiple news outlets reported. The revelation came as Colorado Springs began mourning the three people killed, and investigators continued combing through the bloody crime scene.

The comment offered the first clue as to a motive for the shooting spree, which left two civilians and a university police officer dead and nine others - most of them law

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 09:21:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Planned Parenthood 'will adapt and go on' in wake of Colorado Springs shooting]]> http://gazette.com/planned-parenthood-will-adapt-and-go-on-in-wake-of-colorado-springs-shooting/article/1564498?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/planned-parenthood-will-adapt-and-go-on-in-wake-of-colorado-springs-shooting/article/1564498?custom_click=rss

The 15 staff members who were working at the Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs during Friday's shooting are all OK, Vicki Cowart, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said at a vigil for victims Saturday.

"They're home safe with their families," she said. "The women and men did what they needed to do to protect everybody in that building. They got quiet, they turned their cellphones off, and they waited a long time."

Police have not released the identities of the two civilians killed in the five-hour shooting.

The Planned Parenthood office at 3480 Centennial Blvd., was heavily damaged during the incident, Cowart said, but plans to repair the building have begun.

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Sun, 29 Nov 2015 07:49:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Different tones at vigils for Colorado Springs shooting victims]]> http://gazette.com/different-tones-at-vigils-for-colorado-springs-shooting-victims/article/1564492?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/different-tones-at-vigils-for-colorado-springs-shooting-victims/article/1564492?custom_click=rss

Hundreds of people gathered at two memorial services Saturday to support victims and one another as they grappled with the impact of the city's second mass shooting in a month.

The vigils, at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, were held hours apart and bore few similarities save for the grief of those in attendance.

Much of the crowd was at UCCS to support slain campus police officer Garrett Swasey. Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers told a somber crowd of more than 500 that Friday's mass shooting should not define the city.

"This tragedy won't define our community, but the heroism of our first responders and the heroism of Garret Swasey are what defines our

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:52:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Timeline of events: Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting]]> http://gazette.com/timeline-of-events-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting/article/1564458?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/timeline-of-events-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting/article/1564458?custom_click=rss

A shooter at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood office killed three people and wounded nine others in an hours-long standoff that began Friday morning. Here are key moments from throughout the day:

11:38 a.m.: Police get first call on an active shooter near Planned Parenthood, 3480 Centennial Blvd.

About 12:05 p.m.: One officer said on his radio that the gunman shot out the back window of his cruiser as the officer tried to "get a look at him." A dispatcher said the gunman wore a long coat with a "hunting-type" hat.

About 12:10 p.m.: At least one victim taken by stretcher to an ambulance. Three police officers seen with guns drawn pointed their weapons in the vicinity of Planned Parenthood.

About 12:15 p.m.

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 22:46:04 -0700
<![CDATA[UCCS police chief on fallen officer: He went to save lives]]> http://gazette.com/uccs-police-chief-on-fallen-officer-he-went-to-save-lives/article/1564502?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uccs-police-chief-on-fallen-officer-he-went-to-save-lives/article/1564502?custom_click=rss

In a move that ultimately cost him his life, officer Garrett Swasey never hesitated Friday as he rushed to the scene of an active shooter situation at a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado Springs.

"Garrett did what any cop would do. He went to the scene. And he went to save lives," said Brian McPike, chief of police at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where Swasey served as an officer for six years.

Swasey, 44, was one of three people killed Friday after Robert Lewis Dear Jr. opened fire on civilians and police officers at the Planned Parenthood clinic at 3480 Centennial Blvd., police say. The identities of the two civilians killed have not been released.

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]]> Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:16:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Authorities share few details about Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting]]> http://gazette.com/authorities-share-few-details-about-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting/article/1564500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/authorities-share-few-details-about-colorado-springs-planned-parenthood-shooting/article/1564500?custom_click=rss

Few new details about Friday's mass shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic on Centennial Boulevard emerged from a press conference held by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Mayor John Suthers and local and federal law enforcement at the Colorado Springs Fire Department headquarters.

Police officials turned back many questions, citing the sensitivity of their investigation into the shootings that killed three people, and wounded nine others. Carey said details, including the names of two civilian victims, won't be released over the weekend.

The suspected shooter, Robert Lewis Dear, through the El Paso County jail, declined media requests for interviews.

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 19:03:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Gun-control debate resurges with Planned Parenthood shootings]]> http://gazette.com/gun-control-debate-resurges-with-planned-parenthood-shootings/article/1564478?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gun-control-debate-resurges-with-planned-parenthood-shootings/article/1564478?custom_click=rss

A heated debate over gun control began before the sun rose in Colorado Springs Saturday with President Barack Obama weighing in early.

"If we truly care about this - if we're going to offer up our thoughts and prayers again, for God knows how many times, with a truly clean conscience - then we have to do something about the easy accessibility of weapons of war on our streets to people who have no business wielding them," Obama said in a statement released before 7 a.m. "Period. Enough is enough."

The president was countered by others, including Colorado Springs politician and radio talk show host Jeff Crank who decried the pro-gun control stance on his Saturday morning show.

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Sat, 28 Nov 2015 18:42:42 -0700