MANITOU SPRINGS, CO. -- Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man suspected of fatally injuring his two children in his home outside Manitou Springs before deputies arrived Sunday.
Deputies were checking on the man's home at 6241 Waterfall Loop in a gated mountain community around 4:45 p.m. after the children's mother told authorities she was worried he might hurt their children, ages 2 and 5, sheriff's Lt. Lari Sevene said.
It is believed the kids were in the custody of their father at the time of their deaths.
Deputies who arrived got no answer at the door and looked through a window to see two children with "obvious injuries," Sevene said. She could not confirm what injuries they had or how they might have been injured. She said it appeared the father may have injured them before deputies arrived. The children did not survive.
After deputies burst into the home, the deputies were confronted by the father and opened fire, Sevene said. She said a deputy shot the man, who died. The deputy was on leave Monday, which is standard procedure in a fatal shooting.
No names were immediately released and autopsies were planned on all three. Deputies said it wasn't clear if the man and woman were separated or divorced.