3 killed in shooting after property dispute, Custer County Sheriff says

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The shooting happened Monday afternoon northeast of Westcliffe.

CUSTER COUNTY, Colorado — Three people were killed in a shooting after a property dispute in Custer County in southern Colorado Monday, the sheriff’s office said

The sheriff’s office said the victims were two men and a woman. Another woman is in critical condition but is expected to survive. 

The sheriff’s office said around 1 p.m., they responded to a report of shots fired on Rocky Ridge Road, a rural area northeast of Westcliffe. They said the situation likely started with a property dispute between neighbors. Law enforcement spent much of the day in a standoff with the suspect.

Just before 2:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office sent out an emergency alert asking people in the area to lock down and shelter in place. Around 8:15 p.m., they issued an all-clear. 

Just before 9:30 p.m., law enforcement in Chaffee County sent out an emergency alert notifying people in the area of Salida and Buena Vista about the search for the suspect, 45-year-old Hanme Clarke. The alert says Clarke may be accompanied by a woman, and may be in a white Dodge Ram 1500 with Colorado license plate number BHLK27. Anyone who sees the suspect or truck is asked to call 911. 

This is a developing situation. This article will be updated as information is confirmed. 

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