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Man suspected of murder following a house fire in El Paso County on Saturday

Sheriffs searching for suspect in shooting, fire
Sheriffs searching for suspect in shooting, fire(El Paso County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jun. 11, 2022 at 1:13 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 13, 2022 at 6:21 PM MDT
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - A man is suspected of murder following a house fire in El Paso County on Saturday.

At about 11:30 a.m. the sheriff’s office was called to the 6100 block of Chaps View, southwest of Fountain.

“Multiple deputies responded to the scene as well as fire personnel,” part of a news release form the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office reads. “While gathering information on scene they were redirected to a separate address down the road within the 5100 block of Chaps View and found one deceased adult.”

The sheriff’s office put an alert out to the public for the suspect following the fire. About two hours after the alert went out, the suspect was involved in a crash and taken to the hospital for injuries investigators believe were from the house fire.

The suspect, Christopher Lenard, was charged with 1st-degree murder while other charges are pending.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 719-520-7777.

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