Man killed in southeastern Colorado Springs shooting

A man was killed in a shooting in southeastern Colorado Springs Thursday morning. / Macy Egeland - FOX21 News
A man was killed in a shooting in southeastern Colorado Springs Thursday morning. / Macy Egeland - FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man was killed in a shooting in southeastern Colorado Springs early Thursday morning, according to police.

The shooting happened around 3 a.m. at a townhome community on Lexington Village Lane, which is in the area of Chelton Road and Astrozon Boulevard.

Police said it happened after a divorced couple got into a fight.

The woman’s 19-year-old son shot the man to protect her, according to police. The man was taken to the hospital, where he died.

It was not immediately clear if the man who was shot was the 19-year-old’s father.

The son’s neighbor said he’s not surprised this happened. He said the man would be at the house often, speeding through the neighborhood. The neighbor also suspected he was using drugs.

TESSA, an organization that helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse, said this type of situation is not uncommon.

TESSA executive director SherryLynn Boyles said two-thirds of all boys between the ages of 11 and 20 who commit murder kill because their mother is being abused, so they kill the abuser.

Boyles said boys who grow up in domestic violence families are more likely to get involved and more likely to be injured at age 14. The impact doesn’t stop there, Boyles said. Kids who grow up in these homes are more likely to commit suicide, abuse drugs, or get pregnant.

Police said the son has not been arrested.

They are investigating whether the shooting was a case of self-defense.

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