Police: Suspect In Triple Shooting Dead

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

Police have confirmed that Michael Arangio, suspect in a shooting that left three teens dead, has shot and killed himself after barricading himself for several hours in an apartment on the 4600 block of Whistler Point, just north of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

The standoff began just before noon after Arangio was spotted at his apartment at The Resort at University Park. Police initially told 11 News that the suspect's parents tipped officers off--this has not been confirmed, but police do say that they were in contact with the parents throughout the standoff, as was the suspect.

SWAT teams with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, Colorado Springs police, CSPD tactical units and the Major Crime Unit are all on scene, and surrounded the apartment.

Arangio told a negotiator called to the scene that he would not leave the apartment. Police tell 11 News that there are unconfirmed reports that Arangio, 24, stuck his head out a window and gestured his hand like a gun to authorities during the standoff.

Authorities then threw tear gas into the apartment in an attempt to force him to evacuate. Arangio continued refusing to exit his apartment, and would not comply with negotiators for a safe surrender, and eventually ceased communication with authorities.

After a four-hour standoff, a robot was deployed into the apartment, where Arangio's body was discovered. He was the only one inside. Police believe he shot himself.

During the ordeal, those living closest to the apartment Arangio was in were asked to evacuate, while others in the complex were told to stay inside and lock their doors. Residents who had been away from their home at the time the standoff began were not allowed to return until the standoff ended.

Arangio is the primary suspect in a deadly shooting Wednesday night, which left teens Austin Howse, Wayne Fix and Aaron Fix dead.

11 News spoke with a relative of Wayne and Aaron, who told us he felt conflicted about how the standoff ended.

"It's numbing...I don't know how I wanted this to end...I don't know how I feel about it," the relative told 11 News.

"At least he can't hurt anyone else...it's a little bit of closure."


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  • by daf Location: cs on Aug 2, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    DON'T DRINK AND DO DRUGS, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU!!!!!!!!
  • by J on Aug 2, 2011 at 09:11 AM
    While there is no excuse for the senseless killing of these three teens, it has been reported that there was a confrontation at another location and the teens followed Mike back to his home. It doesn't excuse his actions but certainly all of the parties have some responsibility in this tragic ending. The kids shouldn't have followed him home and he shouldn't have killed them. We don't know the rest of the details but the other report stated that they got enough information from Mike during the standoff to show the motive. I am as curious as everyone as to the details that led up to this and I hope that it will all serve as an example to other kids who think these lifestyles are fun and exciting (or even just what they think they need to do to make it through high school) of the results. As a parent of teenagers, I can only imagine the heartache of all the families and friends of everyone involved.
  • by Heather Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 1, 2011 at 10:12 AM
    I have had the pleasure of meeting Mike as the person he was before he became the monster who commited those murders. He was a sweet kid and was a blast to be around. Something happened that changed the person he used to be . There is no justification for what he did to those children and he did deserve to face the consequences of his actions but he doesnt deserve all of the heartless comments on here from judgmental people who assume things when really they knew nothing of the situation and nothing about Mike himself. What he did was wrong and caused a lot of innocent people a lot of pain I admit that. It was horrible. People need to be respectful of Mikes parents and not post comments about how he was scum and its such a good thing that he shot and kille himself. Nobody knows just how lost he was in all of this and his parents are going through enough without having to read or hear the filth that you people are posting on this site. Have some respect ... May all of the friends and family members of all involved in this tragic event find the peace and serenity they deserve... RIP
  • by ununitedstateofamerica on Jul 31, 2011 at 07:39 PM
    All of the negative and hateful comments on here are a perfect example of what's wrong with society today,everybodys jumps to conclusions without facts and won't admit they're wrong even when proven so.innocent until proven guilty is no longer a right,like so many other freedoms slowly being stripped away.
  • by clarissa Location: c/s on Jul 31, 2011 at 04:00 PM
    Fact of the matter is, no one but Micahel will ever know the full details of what or why it happened. Sitting here and speculating will do no good. I went to Middle School and High School with Michael, and while we didn't exactly get along, this is a tragedy. My prayers go out to every single person involved.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    Looks like your prayers didn't pay off but since God will take care of him you can still feel good about yourselves.
  • by Courtney on Jul 31, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    For the people who think Mike really posted the "i regret nothing" comment, get real. I highly doubt he was in a stand off in the last moments of his life with CSPD, thinking of the horrible choices he just made-and decided to jump on kktv to comment on a story about himself. I can guarentee it was someone that used his name to post the comment, for attention. Thanks.
  • by Sheesh on Jul 31, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Yeah, it's always good when someone kills himself and don't waste your "tax dollars" on a trial and imprisonment. The same will never be said about the military. That's different isn't it?
  • by Wiley Coyote Location: colo springs on Jul 31, 2011 at 09:01 AM
    good question concerned, how did he get back from momument after ditching his car?
  • by Wiley Coyote Location: colo springs on Jul 31, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    What a sick scumbag to post having no regrets!! he don`t escape God`s justice!!
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