COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 12, 2018) - A suspect is dead after taking a victim hostage and engaging police in a standoff at a South Nevada Avenue motel Monday night, according to the sheriff's office.
Deputies said it happened at Travel Star Inn & Suites, which is in the area of South Nevada and East Ramona avenues. Police said around 3:30 p.m., they went to the motel to arrest 31-year-old Corky Lee Oliver, who was wanted on robbery charges. Oliver locked himself inside a room and told police he was armed and holding a woman hostage, according to deputies.
Police were engaged in a standoff with Oliver for several hours. Around 9:40 p.m., tactical officers entered the room and shot and killed him.
The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. No law enforcement officers were injured.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting.
UPDATE (March 16, 2018): The officers involved in the shooting have been identified as Andrew Leeper, who has been with the department since 1999, Armando Newell, who has been with the department since 2005, Christopher Laabs, who has been with the department since 2007, and Frederick Sunderlin, who has been with the department since 2012.