A man wanted in a domestic violence investigation, who allegedly fired shots at authorities from inside an El Paso County home, was found dead inside the residence after it caught on fire, authorities said.
Two deputies fired at least one shot at the man during the Thursday evening standoff in the 6800 block of Boone Road, according to a Colorado Springs Police Department news release.
At about 5:50 p.m., the suspect, who was wanted for investigation of menacing, harassment and violation of a protection order by Fountain police, fired a shot through the front of the residence as two deputies were attempting to serve a warrant, the release said.
The deputies took cover and requested backup, which included the sheriff’s office SWAT team and crisis negotiators. For about 90 minutes, the man inside the home fired shots at authorities, police said. One neighbor was evacuated for safety. At one point, two deputies with the SWAT team fired at least one shot at the suspect.
While the incident was ongoing, “the residence became engulfed in flames,” police said.
The Yoder Fire Department responded and “after the shots being fired from inside the residence subsided,” the fire was put out. Deputies went into the severely fire-damaged home and found the body of the man believed to be the suspect who had fired gunshots from inside. He was not identified in the news release.
The two deputies who fired at the suspect are on administrative leave, per office policy. Colorado Springs police are investigating the shooting. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The El Paso County Coroner’s Office will identify the suspect and the cause and manner of his death.
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