Suspect in Morrison standoff in custody; evacuation order lifted

Smell of natural gas was detected in area

MORRISON, Colo. - A man who authorities say barricaded himself in his Morrison home, prompting an evacuation order for nearby residents, was taken into custody Wednesday.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said evacuations were issued for the 12000 block of West Temple Drive due to the smell of natural gas near the scene of the standoff, but that evacuation order had been lifted as of 9:10 p.m.

According to a Sheriff’s Office tweet, the suspect in the home threatened to hurt himself and others in the immediate area.

SWAT officers, the bomb squad, police officers and news crews were busy on Temple Drive Wednesday evening, said resident Cheryl Colson.

She said her family got an emergency telephone alert at 3:20 p.m. about a gas leak in the area. The second alert warned residents there was a resident who "wants harm himself and others," Colson said.

"One of my neighbors talked to the police and they said it was a guy who was just threatening everybody," Colson said. She believes the man is "holed up in his house" about five houses west of her's.

She said SWAT officers with K-9 units were outside her home for a while and then they piled into their vehicles and drove up the hill toward where the despondent man lives.

 "I do feel safe," said Colson, given the heavy law enforcement presence. "We just keep thinking it's going to be over soon."

Colson said her family decided not to evacuate because they never smelled natural gas, and "we're right on the safe side of the yellow tape." Police twice told them to evacuate, but officers later said, "You guys are okay."

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