Aspen police standoff ends peacefully |

Aspen police standoff ends peacefully

Joel Stonington
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Paul Conrad The Aspen Times
Paul Conrad | The Aspen Times

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

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 Sgt. Dan Davis of the Aspen Police Department.

“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 because the case is now considered a mental-health issue, emerged without handcuffs and got into a squad car with Munday.

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

The incident started 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.

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, police said. Durant Avenue in front of the complex was blocked off from West End Street.

Davis said he found no evidence of drugs when he searched the apartment and said it was unclear whether drugs were involved.

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

As of 5 p.m. Monday, no charges had been filed against the suspect.