OURAY – A potentially deadly face-off between local law enforcement officers and an armed man ended with the gunman’s arrest and transport to Montrose County Jail last Friday, Feb. 14.
Ouray resident Jack Pendorff faces five counts of felony menacing, and additional counts of prohibited use of a weapon, domestic violence and 3rd degree assault. The incident, which began as a domestic violence call and ended with Pendorff allegedly pointing his handgun at Ouray Police Department officers “with his finger on the trigger in a threatening and menacing manner,” according to an arrest affidavit from OPD Officer James Berry.
“I was in fear for my life and the life of my fellow officers multiple times during this encounter,” Berry stated in the affidavit.
The officers eventually disarmed Pendorff using beanbag rounds and a tazer, and took him into custody as he continued to be combative. An ambulance was called to the scene, on the 300 block of Oak Street, but Pendorff refused medical treatment and was transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital where he was medically cleared and booked into Montrose County Jail.
According to Berry’s affidavit, alcohol was a factor in the incident.
On Wednesday, Pendorff appeared in Montrose County Court where a protection order was issued, and bail set at $2,500. An arraignment hearing is set for March 6.