Domestic violence has been on the rise in Colorado, with an above-average of incidents reported resulting in the loss of a life. These situations are always terrible, especially when a person is killed. The concerning trend continued recently when a man in El Paso County engaged in a several-hour standoff with police in a domestic violence dispute that escalated to a hostage situation and ended in his wife dying of a gunshot wound.
The police were alerted to the situation when the couple’s daughter called them at almost 1 a.m. While the situation is most certainly a tragedy, it is thankful that the two children of the couple were able escape without being physically harmed.
Authorities arrived on the scene prepared for the worst, understanding that the suspect was in possession of firearms. Police had previously visited the home for in connection to a domestic dispute earlier in the year, and records indicate that the suspect had had unconnected run-ins with the law. The suspect is currently being held in a county jail and facing charges of suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault.
Domestic violence is never something that is to be taken lightly, especially when a life is taken or there are children involved. However, there are many factors of the case that remain unknown that may have influenced the suspect’s behavior. Of course, he deserves to be given the best defense he can get, as does anyone who is charged with a crime. If you are facing charges of any kind, the representation of an experienced and accomplished criminal defense attorney can help you ensure that your rights are not infringed and that your case is heard fairly.
Source: Denver Post, “Woman dead, husband arrested in four-hour El Paso County hostage situation near Colorado Springs,” Jesse Paul, Nov. 23, 2016