UPDATE: Police respond to false report of gunman in Breckenridge; suspect claimed to have shot two people
UPDATE 11:40 a.m. Tuesday: At about 7:45 p.m. the Summit County 911 Center received a call from a suspect who was crying, and stated that he had broken into a business in Breckenridge and shot and killed two people inside. The suspected also said he he was armed with a handgun, rifle and a pipe bomb.
The suspect said that he was suicidal, and that he would use the weapons on police if anyone tried to enter the location. Officers were able to make contact with the owner of the business, who advised that nobody was at the location, and that the building’s alarm hadn’t been activated.
Police used a robot to approach the business to conform that there was no forced entry, and a team of officers was later sent in to physically clear the area to confirm nobody was inside.
BRECKENRIDGE — Police responded to the 400 block of South Main Street in Breckenridge on a report of a suspected gunman Monday night, according to Colleen Goettelman, a spokesperson for the Breckenridge Police Department.
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Officers on the scene found that there was “no validity” to the initial call, and that there was no gunman on site.
While there was ultimately no gunman, officers ordered a shelter in place for individuals in the business area of Main Street, Goettelman said. Officers responded to the initial call at about 8:45 p.m. Police cleared the scene at around 11:23 p.m.
At around 9 p.m. Monday night, a post went up on the One Man’s Junk Summit County Facebook page asking about a heavy police presence in the Breckenridge Main Street area. Katrina Navarette, a Denver resident, said the incident started at around 8:50 p.m.
“We arrived around 8:30 or so, and shortly after we arrived we heard police sirens,” Navarette said. “We stepped outside, and we were going to go to an ice cream shop, and that’s when we got yelled at by cops to go back where we came from. We couldn’t cross over into Main Street.”
Navarette said police officers were in “riot gear” and carrying rifles.
Kyle Ervin, who initiated the Facebook post, said he was driving down South Park Avenue near Gravity Haus when he witnessed police walking around with rifles, and who appeared to be asking people to stay inside.
Officers with the Breckenridge, Silverthorne, Frisco, Dillon and Blue River police departments all responded to the call, along with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado State Patrol.
Video courtesy Robin Peoples
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