No charges in Aspen police standoff |

No charges in Aspen police standoff

Joel Stonington
Aspen Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado ” Police said Wednesday they will not pursue criminal charges against an Aspen man who told authorities he had a gun and began a 10-hour standoff Monday that ended peacefully.

The man, whose name is not being released by the Aspen Police Department, is being held on grounds that he is mentally incompetent. Police said no charges will be filed because the case now is considered a mental-health issue.

The incident began at 12:38 a.m. when police were summoned to a disturbance call at the Alpina Haus housing complex, located at 935 E. Durant Ave. The officers tried to talk to an individual in one of the apartments.

Sgt. Rob Fabrocini said the man then yelled at officers, “I will show you. You don’t want to f— with me.”

Officers then heard a loud noise they believed was a gunshot, according to a police department press release.

“I have a gun, you don’t want to f— with me,” was the next thing the man said, Sgt. Fabrocini stated.

All five officers who had responded to the incident, including two officers in training, drew their firearms and took up positions in the hallway of the apartment building.

Fabrocini said officers concurred that the sound they heard could have been a gunshot, and the building was evacuated.

“Right off the bat, we knew this was not going to be an easy one,” Fabrocini said.

Members of the police department had encountered the man numerous times in the past few weeks and knew he was “spiraling downward,” as Fabrocini put it.

“We were really close to doing a forced entry,” Fabrocini said. “But we figured, time is on our side; we’ll just wait it out.”

The man emerged at about 10:30 a.m. without incident and police reportedly found no gun in the apartment.

The standoff ended when Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Marie Munday convinced the man to go with her to the hospital for a mental-health evaluation, said police Sgt. Dan Davis.

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