Law enforcement busy in Redstone, Aspen
September 27, 2010
ASPEN – Multiple sirens broke the usual quiet of offseason Sunday afternoon as Aspen and Pitkin County law enforcement and emergency personnel responded to several incidents from Independence Pass to Redstone.
Around 3 p.m., the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suicidal man on Coal Creek Road in Redstone. The man had a rifle “and was going into the woods to hurt himself,” a family member told authorities.
“Within a few minutes [he] returned to the residence where the reporting party was located, and he reiterated his desire to hurt himself,” says a sheriff’s office press release.
Ten Pitkin County deputies, two Colorado State Patrol troopers, and Carbondale Fire and Ambulance personnel assembled at the Redstone Fire Station.
Pitkin County Deputy Jesse Steindler was able to contact the suicidal individual by telephone.
Steindler convinced the man, who was apparently still armed with the rifle, to put down the weapon and surrender to deputies.
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The man “walked down the driveway, where he was met by deputies,” the release says.
He was taken into custody and transported to the Pitkin County jail.
Meanwhile in Aspen, emergency personnel around 3:30 p.m. responded to a report of an injured woman beneath the east Cooper Avenue bridge.
The woman apparently suffered serious injuries, but police Sunday would not say how she was hurt.
Finally, rescuers were called to a possible climbing accident up Independence Pass. The incident turned out to not be an emergency, a dispatcher said.