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Neighbors forced to lock themselves inside during standoff

Posted: 10:41 PM, Jan 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-13 00:41:21-05

COLORADO SPRINGS – Around 11 a.m. Saturday morning, Colorado Springs police officers and a tactical enforcement unit zeroed in on a home at the 6200 block of Riverdale Drive .

They thought 26-year-old Edwin Figueroa, a homicide suspect , was inside.

Neighbors told News 5 it’s out of place for their neighborhood.
Some had to miss work because they had to stay locked inside their homes, and others were concerned with all the commotion they heard.

But overall, they didn’t mind dealing with these inconveniences and trusted officers to handle the situation.

Bryent Cast was a few doors down when his family saw what was happening.

“[They were] freaking out that there were a bunch of S.W.A.T. cars out here,” he said.
“[It’s] a little weird to see S.W.A.T. on my street because we never really have that around here.”

That’s when he heard officers on a loud speaker.

“It was real quiet but I heard the warning three or four times, like, ‘we have the warrant, you need to come outside’, giving everybody the heads up ‘hey, this is what’s going on,'” he said.

Officers used tear gas to smash windows, though they were careful not to fire any shots.

“Our officers are always thinking about their personal safety […] along with the community safety in dealing with potentially armed suspects,” said Lieutenant Howard Black, a spokesperson with Colorado Springs Police Department.

The standoff lasted more than an hour.

“I thought they had him and I was waiting to see what would happen,” Cast said.

But in the end, Figueroa wasn’t there.

“Surprising that some of my neighbors are wanted for that kind of thing,” Cast added.
“If he wasn’t home, they’ll catch him eventually.”

CS[D stayed to search the property, even towing a truck.

“[We are] searching that house for any type of physical evidence,” Lt. Black explained.

CSPD says they’re currently investigating leads, although if you have any information in this case…
you’re urged to contact them immediately.