Hostage, Suspect Killed In Standoff

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11 News has confirmed that both the hostage and the suspect involved in a standoff at a Colorado Springs Apartment complex have died. The hostage and the suspect were both transported to Penrose Main Hospital after the standoff ended.

The suspect has been identified as 39-year old Barnell Stidham.

Police identified the victim as 60 year old Della Paulson.

It happened at an apartment complex on N. Chestnut in the area of Fillmore and Nevada.

The stand-off lasted about two hours. SWAT Teams were in contact with the suspect, but say when it became clear the suspect was not going to give-up, SWAT teams threw flash grenades at the apartment.
That's when gunshots rang out, and when officers made their way into the apartment, they found both the suspect and the hostage had been shot. 11 News has been told police did not fire any shots.

Police say the man was wanted in connected with a sexual assault that occurred Wednesday morning in Colorado Springs.

Police now say that the two of them were friends, and Stidham had stayed over Paulson's apartment before.

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