Police ID suspect in Lakewood SWAT incident; Christopher O'Hayre found hiding in crawlspace

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Lakewood police said they used less than lethal force to take a man into custody after a SWAT situation Thursday.

The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Christopher O'Hayre, according to the Lakewood Police Department.

O'Hayre was taken into custody after SWAT officers using a robot with a camera located him hiding in the crawl space of a home. When O'Hayre wasn't cooperative, officers said they used a shotgun firing beanbags to subdue and arrest him at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Police said he was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and will be lodged at Jefferson County Jail on charges to include stalking, harassment, prohibited use of a firearm and failure to vacate premises.

The incident began at about 6:50 a.m., when Lakewood officers were called to the house on the 8400 block of W. Arizona Dr. on a welfare check. 

Officers said they had received information that O'Hayre had been sending threatening texts.

"Our agents came over here, contacted some people in the house, they found they weren't the most cooperative people," Detective Ty Countryman said.

Investigators didn't have much to go on at that point, so police and sheriff's deputies left, according to Countryman.

"Shortly after that another call was made to the sheriff's office about some weapons being involved," Countryman said. "That made everyone return."

Police then worked to evacuate the house. The people inside were not hostages and left the residence when asked, police said

After several unsuccessful attempts to contact O'Hayre, the West Metro SWAT team was called in. 

After receiving a search warrant for the residence, a robot was used to search the residence and that is when O'Hayre was located. 

Police said this situation could never be called a "standoff" because they were never in contact with the wanted suspect.

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