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Black Forest shooting suspect was wanted for owning dangerous animal

Black Forest shooting suspect was wanted

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - As the search for answers in a deadly triple shooting continues, new information about the suspect paints a picture of a man who was struggling to recover from a series of personal and legal setbacks.

The shootings happened on the morning of Saturday, November 9, 2013 at two different addresses in Black Forest. One on Timberlane Court, the other on Burrows Road.

Terry Lankford, 51, and Carol Fowler, 51 were killed. Carol Fowler's husband Thomas survived and is recovering at a local hospital.

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region says shooting suspect Kenneth Lankford, 46, had more than one run in with the law over his pets.

The trouble began this past summer when four of Lankford's bull dogs were accused of biting two people. An investigation was launched and the dogs were impounded.

Following the investigation, the dogs were ordered to be euthanized. They were put down in mid August. The court also ordered that Lankford was not allowed to own anymore dogs.

The humane society was put in charge of making sure Lankford did not violate the court order. During a routine check, the humane society says it found two dogs on the Lankford's property. The Lankford's told investigators that the dogs belonged to a friend.

On September 13, 2013, some chickens and turkeys in the neighborhood were killed by two dogs that matched the description of those found on the Lankford's property.

The dogs were impounded. One was put up for adoption, the other was deemed too dangerous to adopt and was euthanized. 

Lankford's wife Terry, who is among those shot and killed Saturday morning, was charged with unlawful ownership of a dangerous animal. A warrant was issued for Kenneth Lankford's arrest.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 has also learned that Lankford's house burned down during the Black Forest Fire in June of 2013.

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