COLORADO SPRINGS – The search for a man seen firing a rifle near Pikes Peak Ave and N. Academy Blvd has caused District 11 to put a lockout status in place for Jack Swigert Academy and Roosevelt Edison Charter School just after 7 a.m. Monday.
As of 8:20 a.m., the suspect is in custody and lockout status at the schools is lifted.
Police were able to identify the suspect based on witness information. The suspect was said to have left the area in a pickup or a sedan. Police set up surveillance at the man’s home and also at Powers Blvd and N Carefee.
The suspect was arrested without incident at Powers Blvd and N Carefree. He’s now facing charges of felony menacing, more charges are possible as the Domestic Violence Unit takes over the investigation.
This started around 7:00 a.m., for a call for a man with a rifle at a nearby apartment complex on Coleridge Ave. Officers arrived to find an unoccupied vehicle with multiple bullet holes. There are no reports of injuries.
A witness told officers the man was wearing all black, including a mask, when he fired several shots at cars.
The man ran away from the scene before officers arrived. A perimeter was established with Academy Blvd. to the west, Murray Blvd to the east and between Pikes Peak Ave to the south and Platte Ave to the north.
Officers immediately started checking the apartment complex and a nearby storage facility for any sign of the suspect.
Police advised everyone to avoid the area as officers in tactical gear, armed with AR-15 style rifles, were in the area.