Police: Man yelling racial slurs fires weapon, prompts hours-long standoff

Published: May. 30, 2018 at 7:53 PM MDT
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A man yelling racial slurs abruptly turned his gun on the victim of his taunts, leading to an hours-long standoff with law enforcement, according to Colorado Springs police.

The incident happened around 7:30 Wednesday evening in a quiet Old Colorado City-area neighborhood just west of I-25 and forced several nearby homes to evacuate.

The victim, who is black, says he was sitting on a bench minding his own business when a stranger started yelling racist insults from his balcony. He told police the man suddenly fired a few gunshots in his direction. Officers say numerous witnesses confirmed the victim's account.

One of those witnesses, neighbor Kevin Craker, says he heard the gun go off.

"I came home to get the wife and kids so I can take them to the grocery store ... and before we left I heard him yelling and screaming at a guy ... he ran inside and grabbed his gun and fired at the guy three different times."

Craker said another neighbor called police.

"When they got here, we got evacuated."

By the time police got to the scene on the 300 block of West Dale Street, the suspect had barricaded himself inside his home. He refused to come out for officers, prompting a standoff that went into the wee hours of Thursday morning.

"When officers arrived on scene, the individual was in the house," said CSPD Sgt. Carlos Sandoval. "We established containment, made evacuations, attempted to make contact with the individual inside. He is armed. He did not answer our calls."

Eventually, SWAT was called to Dale Street and warrants were obtained to enter the home and arrest the suspect.

Police say the suspect, who has since been identified as 37-year-old Michael Jones, finally surrendered early Thursday morning.

Jones faces a list of charges, including felony menacing, bias-motivated crimes and prohibited use of weapons.