Shots fired call leads to standoff in southeastern Colorado Springs

Erik Konig / Colorado Springs Police Department
Erik Konig / Colorado Springs Police Department

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police spent several hours Thursday night on the scene of a shots fired call that led to a standoff in southeastern Colorado Springs.

Police said around 5 p.m., they were called to investigate a report of shots fired inside a townhome on Bering Heights. That’s in the area of South Academy Boulevard and Airport Road.

When they arrived, officers talked with a witness who told them he had been inside the townhome with his friend, 30-year-old Erik Konig. The witness told police Konig grabbed a handgun, told him that “people were trying to hurt him,” and began shooting. The witness told police at least one or two shots went through the front door of the home. He said he didn’t think Konig was shooting at anything specific, and that as far as he knew, Konig wasn’t under the influence of any substance.

The witness tried to calm Konig down, but when he couldn’t, he went to a neighboring home until police arrived.

When officers arrived, they tried to get Konig to leave the house, but he wouldn’t answer the phone, and he ignored commands given via police loudspeaker, according to the affidavit.

The Tactical Enforcement Unit responded. Around 9 p.m., officers deployed tear gas into the home, and Konig came out.

Police searched the home and found seven guns and four spent shell casings. They also saw three bullet holes near the front door.

Police said there is a playground and park about 25 yards north of Konig’s home, and if anyone were in the park at the time, they could have been hit by the bullets.

Konig was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, prohibited use of weapons, and failure to leave premises upon request of a peace officer.

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