UPDATE (4/29 3:00 p.m.): According to a press release from CSPD, after the shots from the home subsided and the fire was knocked down by Yoder Fire Department, a search of the residence revealed a body inside, which investigators believe is the individual who was firing the weapon. The deputies involved were uninjured, and the two who discharged their firearms have been placed on routine administrative leave per EPSO policy.
UPDATE (4/29 5:48 a.m.): The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said it believes a Yoder man is dead after a destructive house fire and shooting late Thursday night.
UPDATE (4/28 11:15 p.m.): According to PIO Deborah Mynatt of EPSO, sometime on Wednesday, the suspect was threatening a family member and former significant other, and violated an existing restraining order. There was concern about domestic violence involving harassment and menacing, so an arrest warrant was issued Wednesday.
Fountain Police conducted a traffic stop of the individual, but he fled. Using descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle, they were able to locate his house in the 6800 block of Boone Road.
At 5:53 p.m. on Thursday, two EPSO deputies attempted to make contact with the suspect. After no one answered the door, a single shot was fired through the door, narrowly missing the deputies. The deputies took cover and called for backup, and within an hour and a half, the suspect was firing randomly out of the home.
A Public Safety notification was sent out to nearby residents to shelter in place.
Sometime during that timeframe, a fire broke out within the home. One resident nearby was evacuated safely. Two deputies engaged the suspect, at which point the incident became an officer-involved shooting.
EPSO believes the suspect is deceased as of this writing, and they do not believe anyone else was inside the home at the time, though they cannot verify because 50% of the home collapsed on itself.
The scene is still active with fire and law enforcement personnel, residents are warned to avoid the area.
The identity of the suspect won’t be released until the coroner’s office confirms and next of kin is notified. EPSO will only be able to release the names of the deputies involved, all other information will come from CSPD as they are the investigating agency.
UPDATE: According to EPSO, this is now an officer-involved shooting. CSPD will be the lead investigative agency.
UPDATE: A fire is burning near the scene, it is unclear whether the fire is related to the barricaded suspect.
YODER, Colo. — The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is responding to a home near Boone Road and Truckton Road in Yoder where a barricaded suspect is firing rounds from the home.
EPSO tweeted about the incident at 7:15 p.m. and warned anyone in the area to secure their home and stay away from the doors and windows.
This story will be updated.