Shelter in Place lifted for Stratmoor Valley neighborhood after search for shooting suspect

SCALE-WIDE SECURITY – The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert around 8 a.m. Sunday for people living on and around Maxwell St as the search for a shooting suspect is underway.

From 9:45 a.m., the shelter in place was lifted following a search by the police.

“The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their invaluable assistance in fulfilling our requests for public safety this morning,” Sgt. Jason Garrett of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday.

“By staying inside your homes in affected areas or staying away from affected areas, you ensured that law enforcement could focus on information relevant to the investigation and not be distracted by people not involved in the incident.”

Garrett said multiple 911 calls came in just after 5 a.m., reporting a shooting outside a home in the 6000 block of Metropolitan Street in the Security/Widefield area. When deputies arrived, they found two adults with gunshot wounds. The victims were taken to a local hospital for treatment and are expected to survive.

Deputies were also able to obtain a detailed description of the shooting suspect who fled the area before he arrived. The suspect is described as Caucasian male, 5’9″ to 5’10” tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing a brown baseball cap, brown vest, blue shirt, no shoes, and carrying an AK type rifle. The Sheriff’s Office shared this description with the Colorado Springs Police Department, Fountain Police Department, and Colorado State Patrol and issued a “shelter-in-place” Public Safety Notice for the general area.

A person matching the suspect’s description was then spotted walking in the Stratmoor Valley area around 6:30 a.m. As a result, a second “shelter in place” notice was issued to residents living in that area. FPD, CSP and EPSO agents flooded the area. Members of the SWAT team, K-9 officers and a drone pilot began searching the neighborhood meter by meter for the suspect.

“During this time, the information continued to be assessed by detectives and the incident commander and as a result it was determined that there was no longer a known threat to the community, and this research has been arrested,” said Sgt. Garrett reported.

The public safety request for shelter-in-place was then lifted.

The affected area is within a wide radius near the intersections of I-25 and E Las Vegas, and I-25 and S. Academy Blvd.

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