After a four-hour standoff with police at an RV park in Canon City, Colorado, police shot and killed a man identified as Stanley Watson, 72, who had shot his wife Marsha, 60, and their dog Dakota. The couple both lived in and managed the RV campground.
Shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday night, police arrived at the campground after they received a call from Stanley, who told officers he was suicidal and threatened to shoot his wife and dog.
"As they pulled up, they saw the body of an adult woman lying on the ground directly in front of this motor home," Canon City Police Chief Paul Schultz told KKTV. "She had been shot in the head."
Stanley refused to leave the RV and wouldn’t speak to anyone besides a female negotiator, whom he talked to for 10 minutes.
Despite his refusal to communicate with police, he allegedly posted on Facebook: "17 years of marriage down the tube. Killed Dakota and [name redacted] tonight. Now in police standoff with swat outside the door. Hope they kill me !”
At 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday, law enforcement officials shot pepper spray into the home.
"As soon as that projectile hit the window, instantaneously the door to the motor home swing [sic] open and [Stanley] was standing in the doorway. ... In each hand was a handgun, and he began firing each handgun at the officers,” Schultz said.
"The suspect was shot and killed, and fell inside the motor home,” he added.
Canon City police officer Kevin Easter is believed to have shot the fatal bullet. Easter, a 10-year veteran of the police department, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, according to The Pueblo Chieftain.
Authorities went inside the home and found Dakota, a 13-year-old American Eskimo dog, had been shot in the neck but was still alive. Dakota is expected to recover and will be up for adoption.
A family member told KKTV that Stanley’s cancer had recently returned. The health issue is being investigated as a possible motive.