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Police standoff in Craig ends with man’s arrest

Joe Moylan

Members of the joint Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team prepare Monday to enter the home of Craig resident Geoffrey Ward Mansfield,39, suspected of being involved in a domestic violence incident. Mansfield barricaded himself in his home at the corner of Rose and 8th Streets, and was taken into custody after a two-hour long standoff with law enforcement officers.

A Craig man is in custody after a more than two-hour standoff Monday night with law enforcement officers from the Craig Police Department and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

The incident stemmed from a domestic abuse report allegedly involving a knife, Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said.

The initial call came in at about 5:30 p.m. Monday. The joint agency tactical team, Craig Fire/Rescue firefighters and two ambulance crews from The Memorial Hospital in Craig also responded to the scene.

The alleged victim was not at the home at the corner of Rose and Eighth streets when law enforcement officers arrived, Vanatta said. But the suspect had barricaded himself in the home, first in the garage, Vanatta said.

Law enforcement officers used a variety of non-lethal tactics in an effort to apprehend the man.

The standoff began with negotiations before law enforcement officers deployed tear gas into the garage. The suspect then moved throughout the house and was "systematically gassed from room to room," Vanatta said.

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