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Suspect in custody after barricading himself from police in a home with two children in Falcon neighborhood

37-year-old Charles Dowling mugshot
37-year-old Charles Dowling mugshot(EPCSO)
Published: Dec. 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM MST
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A man is in custody after barricading himself from police in a home with two children in a Falcon neighborhood.

This happened in the 7600 block of Mortensen Road around 7pm Monday night. Residents were instructed to shelter-in-place at the time.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday a deputy was doing a followup a child abuse case. Through his investigation, the deputy obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect.

Patrol deputies attempted to contact the suspect Monday night to take him into custody and assist El Paso County Department of Human Services (EPCDHS) in securing the children. EPCSO said one of the children came to the front window and relayed the dad would not talk to them and closed the window. The suspect refused to comply with deputies and barricaded himself in the home.

The two children in the home were later able to escape and EPCDHS took them for placement. The children stated their dad was armed with several guns.

After several hours of negotiation, EPCSO was able to take the suspect into custody without incident.

37-year-old Charles Dowling was booked into the El Paso County Jail charged with Felony Menacing, Child Abuse, and Third Degree Assault.

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