Standoff suspect charged with attempted murder

Jose Colon

SHAMOKIN, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WOLF) -- A Northumberland County man is now facing a slew of serious charges stemming from a stand-off -- and shootout -- with police in Shamokin last month.

Police say he's also suspected in the murder of a young woman that happened just a few hours earlier.

Jose Colon walked out of this district court in Shamokin today handcuffed and flanked by several police officers.

The 41-year-old just arraigned on 34 felonies – including 11 counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

“He’s charged with counts from Shamokin City and from the Pennsylvania State Police from a recent incident that resulted in a barricade and a shootout with police,” Northumberland County District Attorney Ton Matulewicz said.

That incident happened back in the early hours of February 27.

Police say Colon barricaded himself inside of his apartment building on West Sunbury Street, holding his roommate hostage at gunpoint and firing two rounds at police officers trying to negotiate with him outside.

Officers fired back, striking Colon. He was just released from the hospital today.

In addition to those attempted murder charges, he was also charged with several counts of making terroristic threats.

But he has not been charged with the crime that police say set the ball in motion.

Hours before that standoff, police found 23-year-old Kasandra Ortiz dead from a gunshot wound to the head on North Rock Street.

In a criminal complaint, police say they determined Colon was a suspect in that shooting and that’s when they surrounded his apartment building.

“I have no comment on the other case at this time,” Matulewicz said.

Ortiz’s family was outside of court today, hoping to catch a glimpse of the man they say Ortiz looked at as an uncle.

“I was hoping that some of the rumors that I heard were true that he was dead. And then I was hoping when they said he wasn’t dead he was paralyzed, but I’m seeing he’s walking just fine. He’s doing something my daughter will never be able to do again,” Ortiz’s mother Angelic Ortiz said.

Angelic Ortiz also had a message for Colon.

“I hope he rots in hell, that prison is not good enough for him.”

“He got the easy way out in the long run,” another family member said.

Colon’s bail for the attempted murder charges is set at $1 million. He’s currently being held at SCI Coal Township.

He’s due back in court next Tuesday.

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