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Standoff suspect faces attempted murder charge

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A police standoff ended peacefully north of downtown Colorado Springs on Monday morning.

Police say 31-year-old William Christopher White fired shots from his porch at the corner of Dale Street and Wahsatch Avenue around 8 a.m. 

Police say that because the situation was unpredictable, they blocked off the immediate area.  Neighbors were notified via an ENS message to stay inside and away from any windows. 

TEU, K-9 and the Regional Explosives Unit took charge of the operation.  Officers say they tried to speak with White, but he would not cooperate.

Around 11 a.m., police sent in a robot as a precaution to see what was inside of the home.  Police say that's when White fired about a dozen more shots.  Several of them hit the robot.

White eventually walked out of the home while still holding a weapon, police said.  A K-9 dog intervened and injured him.  He was taken into custody and taken to the hospital.

Police say White is facing a charge of attempted first degree murder.

Palmer High School, Columbia Elementary, Taylor Elementary, Community Prep, and North Middle School were locked down as a precaution during the situation. 

Kyle Hodi lives next door to the home where the standoff happened. He took several photos of the police, SWAT team and its robot in action before bullets started flying, shattering his glass door and forcing him to take cover.

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