A property dispute in Custer County, Colorado, took a tragic turn on Monday afternoon, resulting in three fatalities and a fourth person critically injured. The incident prompted law enforcement to issue a shelter-in-place order in the Rocky Ridge Road area of northern Custer County, just northeast of Westcliffe, around 2:30 p.m.
Multiple agencies, including the Custer, Pueblo, and Fremont County Sheriff Offices, as well as the Colorado State Patrol, responded to the scene, characterized as a “high-risk” situation by law enforcement.
Hours later, authorities confirmed the suspect had fled the area. They discovered two men and a woman deceased at the scene, while a woman with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest was airlifted first to Colorado Springs and subsequently to Denver for treatment.
As of Monday night, the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Hanme Clark, remained at large. Law enforcement believed they knew his whereabouts and were actively working to apprehend him. Clark had been involved in previous civil disputes over property lines and easements with at least one of the victims.
The shooting is thought to have occurred along a wooded area near a property line on Rocky Ridge Road. Custer County Sheriff Rich Smith issued a shelter-in-place order during the search for the suspect, which was later lifted around 8 p.m.