Entire Colorado town put on shelter-in-place alert for active shooter, suspect in custody

An entire Colorado town was told to shelter-in-place as Blanca Police reported there was an active shooter on Wednesday.
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 3:34 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 5:55 PM MST
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BLANCA, Colo. (KKTV) - An entire Colorado town was told to shelter-in-place as Blanca Police reported there was an active shooter on Wednesday.

At about 3 p.m. the police department posted the following:

“Everyone in or near the Town of Blanca, please remain in your houses and do not exit until told it is safe to do so! We currently have an active shooter on the west side of town! We will update this post as information becomes available. Stay away from all windows and open areas.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are in the area.

There is no further information at this time.”

According to Colorado State Patrol, they received reports of a man who fired shots near the post office near Main Street. As of 3:45 p.m., no injuries had been reported.

At about 4:25 p.m. authorities announced the suspect was taken into custody.

“There is currently is no danger at this time to the community,” Blanca Police posted to Facebook

“Due to the proximity to local residence I felt that it would be safe to do a lock down in place,” Blanca Police Chief Ricky Rodriguez explained to 11 News. “We also notified our local school which is a ways away, but just out of precaution. I thought it would be best to do that so we didn’t have any hostages or victims at that time.”

Chief Rodriguez added this was the first active shooter situation in Blanca that he’s aware of.

“I’m just glad that the SWAT team, and the assistance from Colorado State Patrol, Costilla County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Wildlife [CPW] were able to help us,” Rodriguez added. “We were able to talk the guy down and arrest him without incident. Without anybody getting hurt or killed.”

The motive of the shooting is under investigation. The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Ricardo Haro. Authorities located two rifles, a handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 719-589-5807.

The Town of Blanca is located in Costilla County on the south side of the state, east of Alamosa.

UPDATE A male suspect was arrested without incident. There is currently no danger at this time to the community. We...

Posted by Blanca Police Department on Wednesday, December 7, 2022