Suspect in custody following standoff and stabbing in Colorado Springs; shelter in place order lifted


Standoff underway following stabbing in Colorado Springs; tactical units negotiating with suspect

COLORADO SPRINGS — People are being ordered to shelter in place after heavy police presence was reported on the 6800 block of Defoe Avenue, near King Elementary School.

UPDATE: The EPCSO says 35-year-old Julian Espinoza was arrested on first degree assault, felony menacing and criminal mischief from Sunday morning’s events.

EPCSO says that two juveniles were in the home with Espinoza when he barricaded himself in a home, but they escaped safely.

“It is not believed they were held hostage at any point during this incident by the suspect.” a sheriff’s office spokesperson said in a release.

Negotiators with EPCSO’s tactical unit were able to make contact with the suspect, but they report he was unwilling to leave the residence. Law enforcement deployed “less than lethal gas munitions” to entice Espinoza to surrendered, which he eventually did.

The victim of the stabbing is in stable condition, authorities say.

EPCSO thanked the Fountain Police Department, which was first on scene, for their assistance.

UPDATE: According to EPCSO, the suspect has been arrested and the shelter in place order has been lifted.

UPDATE: According to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPCSO), Colorado Springs Police received a call from a woman at King Elementary School just after 3:30 a.m., who said she had been stabbed.

The man responsible for the stabbing fled to a home in the 6800 block of Defoe Avenue.

The woman has been taken to an area hospital; her condition is unknown.

Currently, authorities are in the middle of a standoff with the suspect. Tactical units have been brought in to help with negotiations.

At the time of this report, the shelter in place order is still underway.

This is a developing story. FOX21 will continue to update.

ORIGINAL: The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has told residents to stay inside their homes, close their doors and windows, and stay away from exterior walls.

FOX21 will update as more information becomes available.

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