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Officer-involved shooting and fire being investigated at Colorado Springs apartment complex

Posted at 8:37 PM, Apr 24, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS – The Colorado Springs Fire Department and Colorado Springs Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting and a fire at an apartment complex on the southeast side of Colorado Springs.

Both incidents occurred at the Arbor Pointe apartment complex in the 2500 block of Hancock Expressway.

According to authorities, at least one shot was fired and one person was taken to an area hospital. That person’s condition is unknown at this time. Two officers were involved in the incident and both will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. Neither officer was injured.

The fire department was called for a fire in the apartment unit where the shooting took place. The fire was contained to that unit. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Approximately 70 residents of the complex have been displaced for an unknown amount of time.

Colorado Springs Fire Captain Brian Vaughan said, “We’re going to shut down an entire wing of this apartment.”

The Red Cross responded to the scene and is working to find shelter for the displaced residents.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is taking the lead on the investigation.

News 5 did speak with one resident who wants to remain anonymous. He shared that he spoke with a neighbor who saw what happened.

The man said, “A lady came running up into her apartment because her boyfriend refused to leave and was threatening her and the animals in the apartment. She ran in her friend’s place and he came up to her with a large kitchen knife of some sort.”

He says that’s when police were called and the boyfriend was eventually shot.

“I guess while that was going on, since he refused to leave the place, he started a fire inside the apartment.”

Police have not confirmed this information.