Police: Domestic violence suspect shot after violent northeast Springs disturbance

Suspect John Lott
Suspect John Lott(CSPD)
Published: Oct. 16, 2021 at 12:36 PM MDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2021 at 12:08 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man will likely face numerous charges after allegedly strangling a woman, then launching an attack on the home she sought refuge in.

Police responded to Montarbor Drive near Dublin around 1 a.m. Saturday after several neighbors reported hearing a barrage of gunfire. Officers found one man outside who had been shot in the face.

As police investigated further, they learned the shooting victim was actually the suspect in the incident.

“[He] was involved in a domestic disturbance during which he strangled the victim to unconsciousness several times,” a CSPD spokesperson wrote on the police blotter.

Police say that the victim was eventually able to escape the home and ran to a nearby house for help.

“The occupant allowed the victim into his residence, at which point [the suspect] opened fire on that residence with a shotgun,” a CSPD spokesperson wrote on the police blotter. “[The suspect] then retrieved an AR-15 rifle and continued to fire into the residence. After firing numerous rounds into the residence attempting to murder the victims, [the suspect] attempted to unlawfully enter the residence while armed with the AR-15.”

At that point, the homeowner grabbed his own firearm and shot the suspect once, incapacitating him until police officers arrived. Police say the gunshot wound was not life-threatening.

The suspect has been identified as 34-year-old John Lott. Detectives with CSPD’s Domestic Violence Unit are now investigating the incident.

The victim was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive her injuries.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there is help available. Call TESSA’s 24/7 Safe Line at 719-633-3819.

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