Summit County officers arrest armed man after three-hour standoff |

Summit County officers arrest armed man after three-hour standoff

Summit County Sheriff Officers arrested an armed man in Dillon Valley following a three-hour standoff early Friday morning. A 24-year-old man armed with a handgun entered and exited his residence, threatening to commit suicide or force law enforcement to shoot him.

Officers responded to a domestic violence/apparent suicidal subject call at 2 a.m., and were assisted by officers from the Frisco, Silverthorne and Dillon Police Departments, as well as the Colorado State Patrol. A reverse 911 call was sent to neighbors, warning them of the incident and to stay in their homes.

Members of the Summit County Combined SWAT team and members of the Hostage Negotiation Team also responded to the scene. A member of the Hostage Negotiation Team immediately began speaking with the man to negotiate a surrender plan. Nearly three hours later, SWAT personnel were able to take the man into custody without incident.

Sheriff John Minor said the SWAT team has been in place since 1999, and while it is not used often, “You never know what may occur or when. …it’s there and it’s a valuable resource.”

The man was booked into the Summit County Detention Facility on Friday, Sept. 18 and charged with criminal mischief, a class-two misdemeanor, and domestic violence.

“Fortunately they were able to diffuse the situation fairly quickly,” said Taneil Ilano, a public information officer for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s kind of a good ending considering the situation.”

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