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Wife of suspected Aurora townhouse shooter jumps to safety

AURORA, CO - JANUARY 5: Aurora, Colorado Police walk by the scene where four people were killed Saturday morning including the gunman who held police at bay for several hours at the complex January 5, 2013 in Aurora, Colorado. Aurora SWAT team members shot a gunman after he went to a second-floor window and fired at police. The gunman also allegedly fatally shot two men and a woman that he had taken hostage. One woman managed to escape from an upstairs back window, ran from the home and called police just before 3 a.m., said Cassidee Carlson, Aurora police spokeswoman.  (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
AURORA, CO – JANUARY 5: Aurora, Colorado Police walk by the scene where four people were killed Saturday morning including the gunman who held police at bay for several hours at the complex January 5, 2013 in Aurora, Colorado. Aurora SWAT team members shot a gunman after he went to a second-floor window and fired at police. The gunman also allegedly fatally shot two men and a woman that he had taken hostage. One woman managed to escape from an upstairs back window, ran from the home and called police just before 3 a.m., said Cassidee Carlson, Aurora police spokeswoman. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

Police received a call around 3 a.m. Saturday morning of shots being fired. The Denver Post reported that when police arrived at the two-story townhouse in Aurora Colorado, they were met by a woman who had escaped the house by jumping from an upstairs back window.

Neighbors and family members later identified her as the suspected gunman’s wife, Stephanie Philbrook Archuletta. She said she had noticed three apparently lifeless bodies as she made her escape from the home.

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Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.
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