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5 things you need to know - January 14, 2020

Westcliffe Sunset
Posted at 5:40 AM, Jan 14, 2020

Good morning southern Colorado and here's what you need to know on your Tuesday morning.

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Suspect identified in officer-involved shooting, wanted for multiple crimes

Just before midnight Saturday, a Colorado Springs Police officer initiated a traffic stop due an expired license plate registration. The suspect, 35-year-old Randy Bishop, is accused of firing at least one shot at officers. According to police, the officers returned fire as Bishop, who is also wanted in a case where he escaped custody at Memorial Hospital in November, drove away from the scene.
Pueblo City Council introduces ordinance to prevent establishing own utility

The Pueblo City Council introduced a proposed ordinance Monday night that would stop the city from establishing its own electric utility. It comes after years of outrage from citizens and some city leaders who believe that Black Hills Energy rates are too high. The council moved to push the proposal for final presentation on Jan. 27.
More gusty winds today with warmer temperatures

Red Flag Warnings are in effect across central and eastern Las Animas County, as well as Baca County, through the afternoon. Strong winds and very low humidity will lead to high fire danger in those counties. The winds will once again be very strong today, especially in the mountains, valleys, and southern I-25 stretch from Walsenburg to Trinidad.
Sheriff Elder explains Red Flag law stance

The 2019 legislative session brought up several bills that quickly became controversial for Coloradans. The "Red Flag Law" was no exception. The Red Flag bill passed the Democrat controlled legislature, and went into effect this month. It allows law enforcement to take away someones guns after they're deemed a risk to themselves or others with an Extreme Risk Protection Order.
Deputies looking for 2 escaped inmates from Custer County Jail

Authorities say 39-year-old Jerry Williams and 30-year-old Bryan Webb escaped from custody when they overpowered the detention deputy and locked her in a cell. Police say the vehicle the pair stole is a blue 2017 Toyota Sienna with the license plate AHO-854 with "Wet Mountain Rotary" stickers on both sides and the rear of the vehicle.