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Suspect identified in fatal shooting near car wash in downtown Colorado Springs

The suspect in a fatal shooting from earlier this week has been identified as 56-year-old John Stokes of Colorado Springs.

Stokes has been arrested for first degree murder in connection with a shooting Monday afternoon on S. Nevada near a car wash in downtown Colorado Springs. The victim was identified as 31-year-old Nicholas Anderson of Colorado Springs.

Stokes has been booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice center, according to a release Wednesday from Colorado Springs police.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with relevant information or is a witness to the investigation is asked to call Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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A suspect is in custody following a police investigation of a fatal shooting near downtown Colorado Springs Monday afternoon.

At approximately 3:40 p.m. officers responded to a reported shooting in the 500 block of South Nevada Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found one man dead in an alley behind 525 S. Nevada Avenue.

According to a release from CSPD, the victim was driving through the alley and exited the vehicle where he had contact with the suspect. The suspect fired at least one shot and then left the area in a red SUV.

A witness to the scene says the suspect crashed his car into another vehicle soon after fleeing the scene. The suspect then exited his car and ran back towards the scene of the shooting.

Police confirm that the suspect hit an unmarked police cruiser, rolling it onto its side.

Sergeant Jason Reeser was responding to the scene in the unmarked cruiser when the suspect traveling westbound on East Rio Grande Street struck his vehicle as Reeser passed through the intersection of S. Nevada Ave and Rio Grande. Reeser was not injured and was able extricate himself with the help of nearby citizens.

The witness tells us that the shooting appeared to be the result of an argument between the victim and the suspect.

“Seemed like it was disgruntlement over some past issue, I’m not sure what, but they knew each other for sure,” he said.

He described the suspect as a thin, black male about 50 years old.

Colorado Springs police say that several streets in the area are closed for the investigation, including S. Nevada Ave. at Rio Grande, Las Animas and Moreno Ave. They ask pedestrians and motorists to avoid the area.

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