Standoff ends at home where shots were fired in Highlands Ranch


The standoff has ended at the home in Highlands Ranch where shots were fired this afternoon, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported via Twitter.

"SWAT has cleared the residence and the scene is secure," the tweet posted shortly after 6 p.m. said. "There is no threat to the community."

Douglas County Sheriff's Office officials reported officers entered the residence to find the person suspected of firing gunshots earlier in the day deceased.  No other injuries have been reported.

The sheriff's office said residents would soon be allowed to get back into their homes and that the Douglas County School District would give notification of when students would be released from a nearby school that was on lockout status.

Shortly before 5 p.m. — about an hour after initial reports of the incident were posted by DCSO on Twitter — the sheriff's office said no one had been injured. The tweet said one male suspect approached another male at his home near the 9800 block of Castle Ridge Circle, and multiple shots were fired. 

The victim ran from the scene but the suspect remained inside the home, DCSO reported, drawing a large law enforcement presence, including SWAT officers, to surround the home.  Neither the name of the suspect nor a motive had been released as of Tuesday evening.

As a precaution, nearby Trailblazer Elementary School was placed on lockout status at about 3:30 p.m., just before students would have been released for the day, according to a Douglas County School District spokeswoman.

Jason Link lives nearby and has a child who attends Trailblazer, which is about 2 1/2 miles from STEM School Highlands Ranch, site of a fatal school shooting in May.

"You know they're safe in there... The good news is they're on the interior in the gymnasium watching movies," he said. "I'm concerned about it given all the things that have happened in the past six months. You pull up in the parking lot and see all the police in the parking lot and think 'not again.' "

A Code Red notification was also sent to residents within a half-mile radius of the home, advising them to shelter in place, the sheriff's office said. People were being asked to avoid the area.


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