Daughter watched Lankford's arrest through bedroom window

Black Forest shootings suspect in jail without bond

Olivia Wilmsen, Multimedia Journalist, olivia.wilmsen@krdo.com
POSTED: 11:17 PM MST Nov 11, 2013    UPDATED: 09:57 AM MST Nov 12, 2013 
EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. -

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office had been looking for Kenneth Lankford for almost 24 hours before arresting him. He’s the suspect in the Black Forest shootings.

He's facing first degree murder charges and an attempted murder charge.

Deputies say he shot and killed 51-year-old Carol Fowler at her home on Timber Lane Court. Then, shot her husband, Tom. He's in stable condition. Deputies say Lankford also shot and killed his wife, Terry, at her home on Burrows Road.

Lankford is being held in the El Paso County jail without bail.

They found him in the backyard of a home on Roundup Ridge Road. That's near the intersection of Steppler and Hodgen.

Only on Newschannel 13, the daughter who watched deputies take down Lankford told Newschannel 13 her story.

Life is nearly back to normal at the Frier house Monday night. It’s a stark change from Sunday morning when deputies were searching for a suspected killer.   

"I saw cops walking around outside with flashlights. We checked all the doors and windows and made sure everything was locked,” said Megan Frier who lives at the home where deputies found Lankford hiding in the backyard. 

From 2:30 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Sunday morning, the Friers stayed awake watching out their windows. 

"I kept trying to fall asleep, but then I would shoot out of bed and kept seeing lights and hearing dogs," said Megan. 

The only thing her mom Kathleen Frier and her dad knew was there had been a murder in Black Forest. 

“When we heard a crash and a loud noise, he started thinking about that and he shared it with me," said Kathleen Frier.    

That crash was the sound of Lankford's car smacking into the Frier's fence. 

Around 7 a.m. Megan was watching out her bedroom window.

"I saw the cops coming in over here following the bad guy and the cops coming in over this way and he went down right here,” said Megan showing us the backyard.   

Seeing Lankford arrested, she thought, I can't believe this is happening. 

The Friers keep a pile of wood under their deck. Kathleen thinks it's a possibility Lankford was hiding under the deck because the wood was in a different place than it normally is. 

"All I can guess is he got out of his car and ran towards the house to take cover," said Kathleen. 

A day later, the Friers are trying their best to move on.

"I kept waking up last night… It's still pretty scary,” said Megan.

Mom says they are the lucky ones. There were people who lost their lives over this. The Friers on the other hand are fine.

Deputies are still looking for the 2002 red Honda Odyssey they think Lankford took. The license plate is 047GJB.