CANON CITY, CO (WAFB) - About four years ago, Stanley Watson and his wife Marsha left Baton Rouge to retire in a small town in Colorado. Stan, Marsha and their dog Dakota lived in an RV in Canon City.
The Canon City Police say the couple moved to Colorado to run the RV park.
Just before 11 p.m. on April 14, 2015, police were called to the RV park on a report of a man with a weapon. When they arrived, they found 60-year-old Marsha Watson dead from a gunshot wound. She was found next to her vehicle. Her dog Dakota was found lying next to her. Dakota had also been shot, but was still alive.
Police quickly learned Stan was the primary suspect in Marsha's murder.
Stanley had barricaded himself in his RV, but he was communicating with several friends and family members via social media and text messaging. He told them what he had done and his suicidal intentions.
One post read: "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!"
For approximately four hours, seven trained negotiators attempted to get Stanley to surrender peacefully. One negotiator was able to speak to Stanley for about 10 minutes via cell phone. That is when he expressed his suicidal and homicidal intentions and would not surrender peacefully.
The police department evacuated 20-25 people out of the RV park.
The Fremont County SWAT team decided to force Stanley out. They deployed OC gas into the RV.
"Almost immediately after the gas was deployed, Stanley opened the door and began firing at officers. Stanley was armed with two .45 caliber handguns firing them simultaneously. Officers had no choice but to return fire to defend themselves. As a result, Stanley Watson was killed and pronounced deceased at the scene," said the Canon City Police Department in a news release.
The police department says that Stanley fired at least 10 rounds, narrowly missing one of the law enforcement officers on the scene.
The Fremont County Coroner reports Marsha Watson was shot three times.
Dakota is expected to survive and will be up for adoption. If you are interested in helping cover her medical bills or want to adopt her, email email@example.com or contact the Canon City Police Department Animal Control Unit at 719-276-5600.