Fort Carson soldier arrested in Colorado Springs homicide, wife identified as victim

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Police investigate a fatal shooting at a home on Squawbush Ridge Grove in southeastern Colorado Springs Saturday. / Joe Swanson - FOX21 News

Police investigate a fatal shooting at a home on Squawbush Ridge Grove in southeastern Colorado Springs Saturday. / Joe Swanson – FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Fort Carson soldier has been arrested after he told first responders he shot his wife in their southwestern Colorado Springs home, according to police.

Dermot Blake, 33, is charged with first-degree murder, as well as two misdemeanor counts of child abuse with no injury.

The fatal shooting happened around 1 a.m. Saturday at a home on Squawbush Ridge Grove. That’s in the area of South Circle Drive and Delta Drive. Police said Dermot Blake called 911 and stated that he shot his wife.

When officers arrived, they found the victim, 30-year-old Tashianna Blake, dead inside the home.

Blake was detained on the scene and later taken to the El Paso County jail, where he is being held without bond.

According to a Fort Carson spokesperson, Dermot Blake is a sergeant stationed at the post. He has been in the Army for four years and five months.

According to the arrest papers, two girls ages 5 and 7 were in the home at the time of the shooting. Neither was injured, and both were released to family members.

During an interview with an officer, the 7-year-old girl said that she was scared, according to arrest papers. When the officer asked why, she replied “What my dad did to my mom.”

The girl told the officer she woke up and heard shots. She said her mom told the girls to come out of their bedroom, and they did. They saw Dermot Blake telling the victim to apologize. While the mother was saying “I’m sorry,” the girl saw her father shoot her in the head, according to police.

“I wanted to call the police, 911, but I didn’t want to because I love my dad really much even though he was killing my mom,” the girl told the officer.

The girl said the 5-year-old was with her at the time of the shooting, and both went back to their bedroom when it was over.

“I miss her so much,” the girl told the officer. “I miss her. He took mom.”

Police had responded to a domestic disturbance call at the same home in July 2019, according to arrest papers. At that time, Dermot Blake called police, said he had just filed for divorce, and said they were having an argument. Tashianna Blake was heard in the background saying that Dermont Blake had hit her, according to police. When officers arrived, Tashianna and Dermont both said the argument was verbal only, and neither appeared to be injured.

This is the third homicide investigation in Colorado Springs in 2021.  The CSPD investigated six homicides at this time last year. 

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