The Colorado Springs Police identified the man believed to be responsible for firing at police as they attempted to answer a domestic violence call on Friday, according to the CSPD.
Authorities identified the suspect as 31-year-old Neal Joseph Arceneaux. Police say that Arceneaux is wanted on multiple felony charges that are unrelated to the current incident. CSPD tactical SWAT officers and other law enforcement conducted an extensive search of the area, covering multiple city blocks but were unable to locate the suspect.
The incident began when police received a disturbance call involving a firearm shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday. When police arrived at the scene, Arceneaux reportedly fled on foot while firing multiple gunshots in the direction of the pursuing officers, who immediately returned fire.
No police officers were injured but officials now say it is unclear whether the suspect was hit during the gunfight. It is also not known when residents will be allowed to leave and/or return to their homes at this time.
Arceneaux is described as a white male, approximately 6 foot 6 inches tall and about 205 pounds. The suspect should also be considered armed and dangerous.
Police have blocked off an entire section of northern Colorado Springs after reports of an active shooter in the area, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Colorado Springs police officers and SWAT are at the scene and are now conducting a door-to-door search for the gunman. Reports from the area say that the unidentified shooter fired several shots at officers before fleeing.
Authorities have blocked off a large portion of the neighborhood located in north Colorado Springs and have warned residents to shelter in place until further notice.
A reverse-911 call was sent out to advise residents that there is an active police operation in the area.
According to the CSPD blotter report, the suspect is described as a “Caucasian male in his 30’s who is six foot wearing a gray hoodie and light blue jeans.”
CSPD reports that a domestic violence call was received around 3:40 p.m. and a suspect allegedly fired shots at officers.
It is not known at this time whether officers returned fire, but so far no injuries have been reported and the whereabouts of the shooter is still unknown.
This is a developing story. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
Lt Black on scene active shooter. Stand-by for additional information.— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) January 19, 2018
Possible-tactical interventions. No shots fired at this incident. Still an active scene.— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) January 20, 2018
Residents please continue to shelter in place. Please notify CSPD of any suspicious activity.— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) January 20, 2018
We are still active. Please stay out of the area. We will continue to update as appropriate.— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) January 20, 2018
Update: No additional shots fired. Continues to be an active search for the suspect. Please stay in your residence. We still request citizens to stay clear of the area.— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) January 20, 2018