Standoff ends in Steamboat early Sunday
October 6, 2013
Steamboat Springs — A standoff at the Ptarmigan Inn ended peacefully early Sunday morning.
Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to the Ptarmigan at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday after hotel staff claimed a male guest was causing a disturbance in his room.
The guest was said to have a bow and arrow, and he had been shooting arrows inside his hotel room throughout his stay, according to a news release from the police department.
The suspect was also mentally unstable and highly intoxicated, the news release said.
When officers arrived at the hotel, the suspect refused to vacate the room and threatened hotel staff and police with deadly force if they forced him to leave the room. The suspect claimed he was suicidal and would kill any police that came into the room.
In response, police set up a perimeter and cleared the fourth floor of the hotel. A police negotiator made contact with the suspect several times, but he still refused to leave. Eventually, the SWAT team was called in, the release said.
At around 8:45 a.m. officers were on the hotel balcony, opened the balcony door and were able to gain entry and arrest the suspect.
"It was perfect," Sgt. Scott Middleton said. "There was no damage to the hotel, and no injuries to the police or the suspect. It worked out real well."
The suspect was booked on charges of reckless endangerment, violation of a protection order, prohibited use of a weapon, obstructing a police officer and third degree trespass.
The suspect's name is being withheld, pending the completion of a mental health evaluation.