Montrose Standoff Ends, Suspect in Custody

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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)

MONTROSE – A man was taken into custody Sunday evening following a standoff with police that caused the closure of a portion of Townsend Avenue for nearly five hours.

It appeared the suspect, who police have not named, was taken into custody seemingly without incident at approximately 8:30 p.m. The man’s condition is unknown.

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

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Lillard said one female was involved in the report of domestic violence but that she was not inside the building during the standoff.

After the man 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 Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood.

At one point, police shot several rounds tear gas inside the building. Lillard said no “flammable rounds” were fired. Just after 8 p.m., Lillard said officials had received search and arrest warrants and police planned to enter the building.

“Things have been quiet in there for a while now,” Lillard said at that time.

Approximately 20 minutes later, it appeared that police had successfully apprehended by the suspect. Lillard was not available for comment at that point. The man’s condition is unknown and it is unclear if the man was armed during the standoff.

gjarvis@watchnewspapers.com

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