Armed Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder

A Colorado Springs resident isn’t expected to face charges for fatally shooting a man trying to break into his home just north of Palmer Park, police said.

Houston Malachai Cookson, 30, of Colorado Springs was killed on the rear patio of the house in the 2700 block of Flintridge Drive, police said. The shooter’s name hasn’t been released.

Officers went to the house at 8:22 p.m. for a reported shooting and found Cookson on the patio of an enclosed backyard with an apparent gunshot wound to his torso, police said.


The resident confronted Cookson, who was trying to enter the home, and shot him once, police said.

“It appears as though the homeowner was protecting his residence and family members when this incident occurred at the house,” police spokesman Lt. Howard Black told Gazette news partner KKTV at the time.


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