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Intoxicated man with rifle taken into custody

Posted at 10:43 AM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 14:46:02-05

Police say a very intoxicated man with a rifle was taken into custody in Commerce City Tuesday morning.

Commerce City Police contacted the man near East 72nd Avenue and Fairfax Drive after getting calls from concerned citizens.

Police said the man appeared to be on drugs or alcohol, or both. They said he eventually put down the gun, but then resisted arrest. Officers used a Taser on the man and took him into custody.

The man's white Mustang was parked nearby. Police said they found a second loaded gun and what appeared to be a significant quantity of methamphetamine and heroin.

Commerce City Cmdr. Harold Chatman said he's thankful no one got hurt.

"There was an officer who was buried in Grand Junction yesterday who was responding to a call involving someone with a hand gun. He had his Taser and was going to deploy that," Chatman said. "These officers did the same thing. Circumstances are obviously a little different, but it shows how dangerous it is responding to these types of calls."

Police said the man is in his early 20's and a prior offender who should not have had guns. The man's name hasn't been released. Investigators said he's facing felony charges.

The man had a dog with him at the time of his arrest. The dog got loose, and, at last check, animal control officers were still looking for it.

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