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Hayden man surrenders to police after making threatening statements

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Police in Hayden were able to get a 20-year-old man the help he needed after he made some alarming statements and threats on Saturday.

Police Chief Greg Tuliszewski said the man was with friends when he made the statements, which involved using guns.

"They were fantasy-filled discussion," Tuliszewski said. "We do not believe there was an actual threat."

There were also statements related to the zombie apocalypse. Tuliszewski said the man was fascinated by the idea of walking dead.

There were also mentions of recent mass shootings and about the man who ran over and killed eight people in New York City.

The statements were made the day before a man killed 26 people Sunday at a Texas church.

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Tuliszewski commended the Hayden man's friends for reporting the incident.

"We have some people that not only care about their friend but also the community," Tuliszewski said.

Police learned about the statements Saturday night, and they began collecting information.

The man's relatives were contacted to see if they could help convince the man to surrender.

"We actually talked to the party and convinced him to come to the police department and turn himself in," Tuliszewski said.

The Community Emergency Response Team composed of local police officers assembled Sunday morning in case their assistance was necessary. The team stood by and did not need to be deployed.

The man was taken into custody and placed on a mental health hold.

"It was really, very low key," Tuliszewski said. "We got him into the system for help. We got the best outcome out of this."

The man does not face criminal charges.

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