Deputies respond to a barricaded suspect

Raymond San Nicholas Fernandez / El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Raymond San Nicholas Fernandez / El Paso County Sheriff's Office

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The El Paso County Sherrif’s Office responded to a barricaded suspect in a home near South Marksheffel Boulevard and Drennan Boulevard Sunday afternoon.

Stand off in Colorado Springs.
Stand off in Colorado Springs.

Deputies said around 1 p.m., they got a call from a woman who told them a phone call with her husband had ended abruptly, and she thought she heard gunshots before the call ended. She was concerned for his safety, and asked deputies to check on him.

The husband was identified as Raymond San Nicholas Fernandez, 39. Fernandez had been reported missing on Tuesday. 

When deputies arrived, they found the doors were locked and all the windows were covered. They tried to contact Fernandez, but got no answer. When they tried to force entry into the home, Fernandez threatened to harm officers and/or himself, and indicated he had untreated PTSD. Deputies said Fernandez also appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Crisis negotiators and SWAT deployed to the scene. They eventually coaxed Fernandez out of the home without further incident. He was arrested and charged with prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment.

Officials said Fernandez is former military and this is not the first encounter they have had with him.

No one was hurt in the incident.

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