1 arrested, 1 wanted after home invasion, hit-and-run crash, shooting near Colorado Springs Airport

By Ellie Mulder and Liz Forster Published: April 13, 2018
photo - Crime scene photo by Liz Forster, The Gazette.
Crime scene photo by Liz Forster, The Gazette.

One man was arrested and another male suspect remained at large Friday after a home invasion, a hit-and-run crash and then a shooting near the Colorado Springs Airport, said police Lt. Howard Black.

The hours-long incident began about 8:15 a.m. Friday with a home invasion in the 1200 block of North Weber Street, Black said. Two male suspects confronted the resident, and at least one shot was fired in the home. The suspects then stole the victim's vehicle.

Less than a half-hour later, at 8:38 a.m., a hit-and-run crash was reported near Milton E. Proby Parkway and South Powers Boulevard, Black said. The run vehicle, later identified as the vehicle taken during the home invasion, headed north.

One person from the vehicle that was hit was hospitalized with injuries that weren't life-threatening.

The stolen vehicle then crashed into "an outer perimeter fence of a maintenance area of the airport," Black said. Officers caught up with the vehicle, and one of the suspects jumped out and brandished a weapon.

At least one shot was fired, Black said, declining to say whether it was by a police officer or a suspect. No one was hit.

After a foot pursuit, a man was arrested several hundred yards north, Black said. He was taken to a hospital with a cut to his tongue. Black declined to identify him or say what charges he might face.

The incident never reached airport grounds, Black said.

After police searched for hours west of the Colorado Springs Airport, it's unclear if the second suspect was ever in the area, Black said.

"There is conflicting evidence on where the second suspect might be," police said in a tweet about 2:45 p.m. "This is still an active investigation. We appreciate our community and their patience as we continue our work in locating this dangerous felon."

The airport was operating as normal during the incident, an airport tweet says. "Milton E. Proby Parkway is open and flights are operating on schedule." Extra security resources were deployed, Black said.

However, people were asked to avoid the area.

Harrison School District 2's Turman, Soaring Eagles, Bricker and Giberson elementary schools, as well as the south campuses of James Irwin Charter Schools briefly were placed on lockout status, Gazette news partner KKTV reported.

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