Police in Colorado Springs, Colorado say they have apprehended the gunman who opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic early Friday afternoon, injuring at least 11 people, including five police officers. One of those officers and two civilians were killed, according to local news sources.
“The perpetrator is in custody, the situation is resolved,” Colorado Springs mayor John Suthers told reporters at around 7:00pm Eastern Time on Friday. “There is no continuing peril to the people of Colorado Springs.”
The arrest ended a standoff that lasted more than five hours at the reproductive health center. A federal law enforcement source has identified the gunman as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, although authorities still say they don’t have information about his motivation.
The officer killed was Garrett Swasey, 44, a member of the campus police force for the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. Swasey served as a co-pastor at his church, and friends said he routinely responded to calls for assistance off-campus because of his dedication to putting other people’s lives above his own. Swasey was personally opposed to abortion, a friend told the New York Times. But “I don’t think that was on his mind,” Scott Dontanville told the paper. “He was there to save lives. That’s the kind of guy he is.”
( More...Collapse )