COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A felon with a lengthy criminal history was killed after a police tactical team forced its way into a motel room, where the man had been holed up for hours holding a woman hostage.
That hostage was freed more than six hours after the ordeal started at the Travel Star Motel on South Nevada.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office, who is investigating the incident, says it all began with a tip that a 32-year-old wanted on a robbery warrant was staying at the motel. At 3:30 Monday afternoon, Springs police went to the motel to execute the warrant.
When officers got to the scene, the suspect barricaded himself inside his motel room and refused to come out. He told police he was armed and holding a woman inside with him.
The motel was evacuated, and for the next several hours, crisis negotiators tried to bring a peaceful end to the standoff.
At 9:40 p.m., more than six hours after it all started, SWAT barged into the room. Shots were fired and the suspect was killed at the scene. The woman he had been holding hostage was hit by a bullet, though it's unclear if it was police or the suspect who fired that shot. She was rushed to the hospital and is expected to survive.
A look into the background of the suspect, since identified as Corky Oliver, reveals a long list of past crimes, both as convictions and open cases. Among the charges he was facing currently, Oliver was wanted for attempted murder for a shooting last summer at a Starbucks up the road from the motel he'd later die in.
Details about the robbery warrant that triggered the standoff have not been released.
As is standard, an outside agency is investigating the incident since it involved officers firing their weapons. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigating agency in this case.