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Eagle View Standoff Ends Peacefully

By Joe Dominguez
Published On: Feb 24 2012 04:33:32 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 24 2012 11:27:40 AM CST
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

A nearly three-hour standoff near Wasson High School ended peacefully Friday.

It began just after 1:45 p.m. at a home on Eagle View Drive. Mike Schaller, a spokesman for the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, said investigators wanted to talk to three people inside the home regarding an arson investigation, but only two cooperated.

Police closed the street, put two nearby schools on lockdown and kept people off Eagle View. They were prepared for a shootout, with heavily armed officers stationed in front and behind the home.

But, at around 4:30 p.m., the man came out unarmed. The spokesman said criminal charges in this case or the arson are not automatic.

"Circumstances will dictate that," said Schaller. "Detectives will want to talk to that individual, find out why he did not come out initially, what the circumstances are."

No one was arrested immediately. Schaller said investigators simply wanted to talk to the two men and one woman inside the home about the arson case.

"These are people of interest in reference to (an) arson that happened in Green Mountain Falls on (Feb.) 22nd," said Schaller.

Investigators believe someone set the fire that destroyed the historic Town Hall building earlier this week. No one was hurt in the fire, and no one has been named as a suspect in that case.

Investigators did not identify the three people involved in Friday's incident. Neighbors did not want to talk about the people who live in the home that was surrounded Friday afternoon.

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