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Standoff with police ends peacefully in Steamboat Springs

Police surrounded a home on Huckleberry Drive just outside Steamboat Springs city limits Friday during a standoff that involved Routt County SWAT team members.

Police surrounded a home on Huckleberry Drive just outside Steamboat Springs city limits Friday during a standoff that involved Routt County SWAT team members.

At about 3:15 p.m., officers were called to a report of a man who was threatening suicide. They learned the man was armed with a handgun. Negotiators were able to contact the man by phone.

At about 4:45 p.m., the man came out of the home unarmed after he threw the handgun onto a porch. After throwing the gun, it accidentally went off, but no one was hit.

The 37-year-old was arrested on suspicion of prohibited use of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and for failure to leave premises upon the request of a peace officer.

"These are calls that can end very tragically,” Undersheriff Ray Birch said. “Our deputies and officers responded swiftly. They safely contained the area, while our tactical team negotiators performed remarkably by convincing (the man) not to take his life and to exit unarmed so he could get the help he needed. This was a win-win for all.”

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