Suspect arrested in stabbing after hourslong standoff in El Paso County

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UNINCORPORATED EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Julian Espinoza, 35, was arrested on first-degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief after a woman was stabbed on Sunday morning, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said.

Fountain Police found a woman with serious stab wounds after she called 911 from King Elementary School just after 3:30 a.m. The victim told police the man allegedly responsible for the stabbing fled to the home on Dafoe Avenue.

The woman was transported to the hospital and her condition is stable with non-life-threatening injuries.

Espinoza barricaded himself inside the home with two juveniles, prompting a shelter-in-place order in the area. Several departments responded including personnel from the Colorado Springs Fire Department, crisis negotiators, bomb squad members, SWAT K9 deputies, and SWAT deputies.

The two juveniles exited the house on their own and it is not believed they were held hostage at any point during this incident, deputies said.

After negotiations and refusal from Espinoza, less than lethal gas munitions were deployed and Espinoza surrendered peacefully. He was decontaminated on scene.

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