Montana Vista SWAT situation ends with suspect dead


POSTED: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 10:03pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 8, 2012 - 2:35pm

A SWAT situation in Montana Vista Thursday ends after 4 hours with the suspect dead, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the man, identified by family as Rafael Lopez, 25, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"I could have gotten him out," said Lopez's father after deputies informed family of his death. "Me and my son were very close and we could have got him out but they didn't want to."

Lopez's father said he begged with deputies to let him to his son.

Deputies said he shot at deputies and a bail bondsman when they tried serving him a warrant earlier in the afternoon at the 10400 block of Marvin Lane.

Sheriff's said the deputies came to the door and identified themselves as law enforcement and that's when Lopez shot at them at least four times.

Nobody was hit by any of the shots. 

Deputies said his wife and children ran out of the home right after the gunshots.    

"She's with us so she's safe," said Chris Acosta, spokesperson for the sheriff's office. "They did exit the house right on time ."

After that is when Lopez barricaded himself inside the home.

His mother Dalia Lopez said she would have told her son to end it peacefully.

"I would told him to turn himself in," Lopez said "I'd rather see him alive."
His sister said she didn't believe her brother shot himself.

"They didn't tell us much, they said they didn't shoot him but I don't know," said Lopez's sister.

Rafael Lopez's criminal background:

2012 - Assault on Family/Household Member, Impeding Breathing/Circulation
2011 - Theft of Property, Greater than $50 - $500
2010 - Assault Causes Bodily Injury
2009 - Prohibited Weapons (Switchblade/Knuckles)
2007 - Assault Causes Bodily Injury, Family Member
2007 - Criminal Mischief, $1,500 - $20,000



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I'm pretty sure the Sheriff's Dept. did all they could to keep everyone safe. If they would have let anyone else inside the home, they are putting the other person's life at risk. My prayers are with this family. May he rest in peace.

Neither the Police nor the Sheriff Dept Officers seem to either be trained to save lives or they just don't care. Every time there is a swat situation whoever is barricaded either turns himself in or is dead. There is never someone hurt or there is never unlimited time and effort to negotiate their surrender. As long as there are people in grand juries D. A.'s and real internal affairs investigations that prosecute within, they will continue to brake the law.

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