3 Dead in Shooting Blamed on Property Dispute

Suspect captured after fleeing in Colorado, and another person is critically wounded
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 21, 2023 12:00 PM CST
Updated Nov 22, 2023 12:00 AM CST
3 Dead in Shooting Blamed on Property Dispute
Police crime scene tape.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
UPDATE Nov 22, 2023 12:00 AM CST

A man was captured Tuesday after 25 hours on the run after police say he fatally shot three people and critically wounded a fourth in his latest property dispute with neighbors in rural Colorado, authorities said. The suspect, Hanme K. Clark, 45, was arrested by New Mexico State police near Albuquerque, the Custer County Sheriff's Office in Colorado announced Tuesday afternoon, per the AP. Officers found a weapon in the pickup truck, but it's not clear if it was the weapon used in the slayings, said Officer Wilson Silver with the New Mexico State Police.

Nov 21, 2023 12:00 PM CST

Authorities in Colorado hunted Tuesday for a man they believe shot and killed three people and critically wounded a fourth in a property dispute. The 45-year-old suspect was believed to be driving a white Ram 1500 pickup truck with a camper shell, according to a Facebook post from the Custer County Sheriff's Office. Residents of the wooded, rural Westcliffe area were told to shelter in place for five hours on Monday as authorities hunted for the man, but the AP reports that the order was lifted Monday night while he remained at large. The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office said in a social media post Tuesday that it's searching for the man, and that residents should shelter in place in the southeastern part of the county, about 40 miles northwest of where the shooting occurred.

The affected area is south of US Route 50, from the Fremont County line to Poncha Springs. At around 1pm local time on Monday, a report of shots being fired sent deputies to Rocky Ridge Road, about 8 miles from the county seat of Westcliffe and about 50 miles southwest of Colorado Springs. The shooting took place on the property line in a wooded area and began with "a suspected property dispute," the sheriff's office said. Two men and a woman died at the scene and a fourth person was taken to a trauma center in critical condition but was expected to survive, per the sheriff's office. The victims' names and other details weren't immediately released. It was one of multiple mass shootings that occurred in the past few days around the country:

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  • Four people were wounded Monday night when a gunman opened fire in a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, before apparently killing himself, police said.
  • On Sunday, a Tennessee man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while on the run after a series of shootings that killed four of his female relatives. Officers found the body of Mavis Christian Jr., 52, in his car during a search following shootings at three locations in Memphis that left three women and a teenage girl dead and a teenage girl critically wounded, the Memphis Police Department said.
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