Dotsero disturbance draws Eagle County SWAT team
May 9, 2017
DOTSERO — A domestic disturbance at the mobile home park here escalated to include the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team — comprised of officers from several valley police departments — and the department’s military-surplus MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) armored vehicle.
The disturbance began early Tuesday afternoon when a man barricaded himself in his home. Reports indicated that man might be armed, and he refused to come outside.
Given the possibility the suspect might be armed, Sheriff’s officials issued a “shelter in place” alert for the mobile home park. Traffic into and out of the park was stopped. Traffic on nearby Interstate 70 was not affected.
In an effort to safely evacuate residents, police brought in the department’s armored vehicle. As of 2:30 p.m., residents of homes not immediately neighboring that of the suspect were allowed to drive out of the park.
In addition to the SWAT team, negotiators were also called in to talk the suspect out of his residence. Just after 3 p.m., SWAT team members approached both the suspect’s home and the two adjacent homes. Officers were trying to ensure no one was still inside the neighboring homes.
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Deputies were heard shouting back and forth with the suspect.