UPDATED: Suspect Remains Hospitalized After Police Standoff
by Gus Jarvis
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STANDOFF – Members of the Montrose Police Department SWAT and Special Response Unit fired tear gas into the auto repair building at 310 S Townsend Ave. in Montrose Sunday evening during a standoff with an unknown person inside. Townsend Avenue and a number of other joining city streets were blocked off and members of the public were kept away for their safety. (Photo by William Woody/watchnewspapers.com)
STANDOFF – Members of the Montrose Police Department SWAT and Special Response Unit fired tear gas into the auto repair building at 310 S Townsend Ave. in Montrose Sunday evening during a standoff with an unknown person inside. Townsend Avenue and a number of other joining city streets were blocked off and members of the public were kept away for their safety. (Photo by William Woody/watchnewspapers.com)
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MONTROSE – The man taken into custody Sunday night following a five-hour standoff with police is recovering under police supervision at Montrose Memorial Hospital after injuring himself with a box cutter and/or razor blades.

“He is still in the hospital, and is under police watch as we speak,” Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard said Monday afternoon. “We will release his name once we are able to take him to jail and book him.”

The suspect faces charges of domestic violence, menacing and assault following a standoff with police at an auto repair garage at 310 S. Townsend Ave. closed part of Townsend Avenue and adjoining streets for nearly five hours.

Police received the initial 911 call reporting a domestic violence case at the auto repair shop on Sunday, at approximately 3:30 p.m. 

“We received a report that he allegedly assaulted his wife,” Lillard said; the wife “was able to leave the scene with two children.”

The initial responding officers on the scene tried to secure the area and coax the suspect out of the garage area, but soon ascertained that he was suicidal.

“He said he was not going to come out and that he wanted to end his life,” Lillard said.

With the man “barricaded” inside the shop, the Montrose Police Special Weapons and Tactics officers were deployed, alongside officials from the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Montrose Fire Protection District and Montrose Public Works department. Officers quickly set up a perimeter around the scene, closing north- and southbound lanes of Townsend Avenue and setting up an operations command center at the intersection of South Third Street and Selig Avenue.

At one point during the standoff, police shot several rounds tear gas into the building. Lillard said no “flammable rounds” were fired.

Upon receiving search and arrest warrants shortly after 8 p.m., officers prepared to enter the building. “Things have been quiet in there for awhile now,” Lillard said at that time.

When officers entered the building at approximately 8:30 p.m., officers found the man lying on the ground in the garage area in a “semi-conscious” state with “substantial bleeding” from his arms and abdomen.

“It appeared that he may have used razor blades or a box cutter on himself,” Lillard said. No other weapons were found inside.

The suspect was taken to the hospital at approximately 8:45 p.m. without further incident; once he is booked, Lillard said, he will be placed on a no bond hold –  because he faces charges of domestic violence – until he appears before a county judge, where a bond may then be set.

 

gjarvis@watchnewspapers.com

Twitter: @Gus_Jarvis



REPORTED MARCH 31 at 9:30 p.m.

Townsend Ave. Standoff Ends; Suspect in Custody

MONTROSE
– A man was taken into custody Sunday at approximately 8:30 p.m., following a five-hour standoff with police.

Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard said the suspect "barricaded” himself inside an auto repair garage at 310 S. Townsend Ave., following a report of domestic violence at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Lillard said that although a woman was "involved" in the initial report to police, only the suspect was inside the building during the standoff.

After the suspect barricaded himself inside the building, members of the Montrose Police Department SWAT Team, Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and the Montrose Fire Department closed several blocks of Townsend Ave. and the surrounding neighborhood.

At one point, police shot several rounds tear gas inside the building. Lillard said no “flammable rounds” were fired. Upon receiving search and arrest warrants shortly after 8 p.m., officers prepared to enter the building.  “Things have been quiet in there for awhile now,” Lillard said at that time.

Approximately 20 minutes later, police seemed to have successfully apprehended the suspect, although his condition was not known and Lillard was unavailable for comment. It is not clear whether the suspect was armed.

 

gjarvis@watchnewspapers.com

Twitter: @Gus_Jarvis

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