Sheriff's Office Identifies Suspect and Victims in Murder Suicide Case on Rubicon Drive

Dec 29, 2022 - 12:15pm

On December 19, 2022, at around 9:54 a.m., the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received a transferred 911 call. The caller indicated a man was shooting within a home located in the 9800 block of Rubicon Drive. The caller heard multiple shots being fired. This home is located in the Lorson Ranch Neighborhood within unincorporated El Paso County.

Deputies assigned to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division arrived on scene and confirmed the suspect was barricaded in the home. The Tactical Support Group (TSG) was paged out shortly thereafter. The Tactical Support Group consists of SWAT, K9, the Crisis Negotiations Unit, members of the Regional Bomb Squad which is staffed by both El Paso County deputies and Colorado Springs Police Department officers, Tactical Dispatchers, and Tactical Medics from the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Upon the arrival of the TSG, communication attempts began and were unsuccessful.

At around 10:34 a.m., an emergency text notification as well as social media messaging was sent out to residents within a 1/4 mile radius of the address.

At 12:32 p.m., SWAT members found 3 deceased adults inside the home.

Detectives with the Sheriff's Office Investigations Division responded to the scene and began to investigate.  

The suspect had a domestic relationship with one of the victims. The suspect has been identified as Wilmer Soto, date of birth, 11/21/1989.

The victims are 27 year-old Vanessa Anderson and 26 year-old Autumn Kirkpatrick. Our sincere condolences go to the family and friends of Vanessa and Autumn.  

The cause and manner of death will be determined by the El Paso County Coroner’s Office.

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