One dead after shooting shuts down El Paso County Courthouse. Suspect arrested, Colorado Springs police say

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The El Paso County Judicial Complex, including county courts, in Colorado Springs, June 12, 2023.

Updated at 2:10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023.

Courts in El Paso County closed down Thursday morning after a shooting left one person dead and two others injured outside the courthouse.

Police responded shortly after 10 a.m. to the El Paso County Courthouse in downtown Colorado Springs after reports of shots fired. Shortly after, the Colorado Springs Police Department used social media to say there was no threat to the community at large and not an active shooter situation.

Police said at a press conference that one person died in the shooting. The victim has not been identified. CSPD later announced that one suspect is in custody.

Two people were also treated for minor injuries, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

According to the CSPD, the investigation will be handled by both the police department and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The courthouse is under the sheriff's jurisdiction and the office will handle any investigation inside the building. CSPD will handle the investigation of events that happened outside.

The courthouse on South Tejon Street will remain closed through Thursday. People inside were released from the south entrance to "protect CSPD's scene," according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said the area will be closed for the investigation for several more hours. Those with cars parked within the scene will be able to get them once the area is back open.