Planned Parenthood Shooting: 3 Killed, Including 1 Police Officer

Shooting inside Colorado building ends as suspect takend into custody Friday night

Last Updated: November 27, 2015 @ 10:36 PM

Three people, including one police officer, were killed in a five-hour-plus rampage at a Planned Parenthood building in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday.

A city official confirmed the deaths, including police officer Garrett Swasey, 44. The civilian victims were not immediately identified.

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Garrett Swasey

“It is with great sorrow that we must report that one of the officers shot today the active shooter incident in Colorado Springs has died,” read a tweet from the Colorado FOP.

The suspect was apprehended and placed into custody, according to Colorado Springs Police spokewoman Lt. Catherine Buckley. He was later identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 59.

Photos from the scene showed Dear being taken away in handcuffs.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said police were able to make contact with Dear, who then gave himself up.

Buckley told media during the 7 p.m. ET press conference on site that 11 victims were transported to various local hospitals, but there was no confirmation yet of the severity of their injuries.

Five of the 11 victims were police officers who were fired upon by Dear during the hours-long standoff.

With the situation marked as “resolved,” police searched the building with the Planned Parenthood clinic at 3480 Centennial Boulevard, looking for anyone who may still be inside as well as evidence.

Authorities were also actively investigating suspicious items Dear had brought with him to the location.

At an earlier press conference, Buckley would not specify if those items are explosives, though she acknowledged to a reporter that one possibility they are investigating is whether or not propane tanks are counted among the items in question.

The original “shots fired” call came in at 11:38 a.m. local time. A gun battle between the suspect and police went on for hours. The suspect was finally

taken into custody at 4:52 p.m.

As of the latest press conference, police declined to speculate on a motive for the gunman’s actions. However, Planned Parenthood has been under fire by anti-abortion groups as an organization that provides abortions for women. More recently the group was been criticized because of videos made by anti-abortion activists depicting officials appearing to discuss using fetal organs for research.