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Darwin Hilliard in custody for standoff in Security-Widefield, faces new charges

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- A suspect is in custody following a standoff in Security-Widefield.

36-year-old, Darwin Hilliard, faces charges of felony menacing, prohibited use of a firearm, and reckless endangerment. Back in 2018, he was arrested for sexual assault. He entered a plea but then withdrew that and he had a warrant open for his arrest at the time of Thursday's incident. Currently, he's being held in jail on a $100,000 bond.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office responded Thursday afternoon after a report of shots fired. Shortly after arriving, a standoff between deputies and the suspect began.

The standoff happened on Cornell Street, according to the sheriff's office. Neighbors were urged to secure homes and stay away from doors or windows.

Deputies arrived on the scene, where witnesses in the area stated the suspect pointed the weapon at a person before running into a home in the 100 block of Cornell Street. Preliminary investigation of the incident revealed this may have stemmed from a road rage incident.

The suspect refused to comply with an order to exit his home on Cornell Street and instead barricaded inside. The suspect was barricaded inside the home for around 3 hours. The Tactical Support Unit responded to the scene.

At 8:52 p.m., the sheriff's office confirmed the suspect was taken into custody and the shelter at the place had been lifted.

During the search of the home, several weapons, body armor, and ammunition were found.

Hilliard has been booked into the El Paso County Jail with Felony Menacing, Prohibited Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangerment, Sexual Assault (3 counts - Failure to Appear Warrant not related to this incident.)

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