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1 in custody after Cimarron Hills standoff

Area near Piros and Constitution where SWAT had a barricaded suspect on the night of Aug. 9, 2020.  Photo inset: Suspect Robert Sandord
Area near Piros and Constitution where SWAT had a barricaded suspect on the night of Aug. 9, 2020. Photo inset: Suspect Robert Sandord(Scene photo by KKTV. Suspect mug courtesy of Colorado Springs Police Department)
Published: Aug. 9, 2020 at 8:46 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man is in custody following an hours-long standoff in the Cimarron Hills area Sunday.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to the home on Mohican Drive just before 4 p.m. on a domestic violence situation. Deputies learned the suspect had an active felony warrant.

“Deputies arrived on scene and the suspect refused to speak with deputies and indicated to his family if they entered his home, he would shoot at them. He also made numerous suicidal statements and said he would kill himself if anybody came in his house,” the sheriff’s office said in an update Monday.

For the first few hours, crisis negotiators tried to convince the man to come out. As the situation carried further into the night, EPSO spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby said tactics would have to change.

“The negotiations have been going on for well over three to four hours now, and so we’re going to start probably doing some other things to help him or persuade him to come out,” Kirby told reporters while the standoff was still ongoing.

According to neighbors, that included using flashbangs.

“We’ve been seeing SWAT going up and down the street. There’s also been booms that we’ve been hearing and them calling out what they’ve been doing inside the house. ... The flashbangs, we’ve heard about two or three of those so far,” said Catalina Llano, who lives nearby.

Around 10:40 p.m., the situation ended peacefully with the suspect’s arrest. He was identified Monday as 36-year-old Robert Sanford and faces charges of robbery, third-degree assault, second-degree criminal trespass and harassment.

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