Aspen standoff ends peacefully |

Aspen standoff ends peacefully

Joel Stonington
The Aspen Times
Vail CO, Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado ” A standoff that began shortly after midnight Monday on Aspen’s east side ended peacefully at about 10:30 a.m., when police talked a man they believed had a gun into surrendering to authorities.

The man emerged from an apartment at the Alpina Haus without incident and police found no gun in the residence.

Police Sgt. Dan Davis said it was Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Marie Munday who eventually convinced the man into surrendering and accompanying her to the hospital for a mental-health evaluation.

“It’s the woman’s touch,” Davis said. “She persuaded him to open the door and let us search the apartment. There was no gun.”

The man, whose name was not released, emerged without handcuffs and got into a squad car with Munday.

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“He trusted her and it worked out,” Davis said. “Nine hours later… thank goodness.”

Police were summoned to a disturbance at the Alpina Haus housing complex, 935 E. Durant Ave., at 12:38 a.m. Monday.

When they arrived, officers attempted to contact an individual in one of the Alpina Haus apartments. The man denied the officers entry; officers then heard a loud noise that they believed was a gunshot, according to a police department press release.

Davis said the noise may have been a stick with a rock attached whacked against a door or table.

Residents of the Alpina Haus complex and the surrounding area, where people were considered at risk, were evacuated, according to police. Durant Avenue in front of the complex was blocked off from West End Street.

Davis estimated 20 officers from various upper valley law enforcement agencies were involved in the incident throughout the night.

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