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Standoff ends without injury

Zach Fridell

— A police standoff that lasted nearly four hours early Friday on Laurel Lane ended peacefully after police broke down a door and arrested a 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man.

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of domestic violence on Laurel Lane at about 12:45 Friday morning, Sgt. Dale Coyner said.

A woman in the house was able to get out safely, but officers could not talk to the suspect, David Edward Heist. Police were told that Heist had a high-powered rifle in the home.

At about 4 a.m., a page was made to the Emergency Response Team, a collection of specially trained Steamboat police officers.

Coyner said that about half an hour later, the team forced entry through a door and found Heist in his bedroom. Officers found the rifle in another part of the house and confiscated it. Coyner said Heist was not in possession of the gun when officers entered the house.

There were no injuries in the incident, Coyner said, and Heist complied with the demands of the officers once they entered the home.

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Heist was taken for a medical check at Yampa Valley Medical Center, and by 11 a.m. he was booked in the Routt County Jail on suspicion of four charges: domestic harassment, criminal mischief, prohibited use of weapons and obstruction of telephone service.

Heist remained in Routt County Jail late Friday in lieu of $1,500 bail.