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Carwash shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 in custody

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The aggressor in an encounter ends up shot and killed.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — According to, a man who was with a woman and child in his black Audi confronted another driver at the Water Works Car Wash at 3:40 p.m. on Oct. 7th and was shot to death.

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 “This was a little traumatizing,” said Water Works employee Jay Vaughan. “I mean … I’ve seen dirty, messed up crap, but that was the first time I’ve seen something quite like that. A shooting right in front of me.”

Vaughan said he was checking the suspect’s receipt before washing his Chevrolet SUV, the article noted.

“This black Audi comes screeching up, and I look at the dude getting out of the car. I can see he’s already aggressive,” said Vaughan. “I mean, his fists are clenched, his face is red, so I step back from the [SUV], because obviously it was not me that had done something.”

The man in the SUV said, “What, you following me?” Vaughan recalled, and the man approaching replied, “You know what.”

The woman and child in the Audi were watching the scene as well, Vaughan added.

“That’s when he started punching the window, trying to open the door,” Vaughan said. “He tried like eight, nine times, and it finally popped open, and that’s when he lunged in. That’s when I heard the first shot.”

The man inside the SUV fired about six times, according to Vaughan, and the reported aggressor was hit at least twice, the article stated.


“From the driver’s side window to the back bumper is about how far he made it before he collapsed,” Vaughan said. “I’ve seen dead bodies before, but I’ve never seen somebody killed in front of my face.”

The shooter then fled but apparently changed his mind, broadsiding and rolling an unmarked police cruiser on his return to the carwash, where he surrendered to officers, the article continued.

The officer in the cruiser was uninjured in the crash, the article added.

Police detained the shooter, the article concluded.

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