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Thornton police reach 'peaceful ending' with barricaded person, hostage

Situation first began Tuesday afternoon
Thornton barricade, possible hostage situation at Motel 6_April 6-7 2021
Posted at 6:02 AM, Apr 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 10:17:28-04

THORNTON, Colo. — The Thornton Police Department has reached a "peaceful ending" after investigating and negotiating with a barricaded person who held a hostage at a Motel 6 for more than 12 hours.

The police department made the announcement at 7:42 a.m. Wednesday. One man was taken into custody and officers are in contact with the hostage, police said.

The incident began Tuesday around 3:35 p.m., when officers, Northglenn SWAT and negotiators started working at the Motel 6 at 6 W. 83rd Place, police said. Police said they believed the barricaded person may be holding a hostage.

At 5:05 a.m. Wednesday, police said crisis negotiators were still continuing to work toward a peaceful surrender. Police were helping residents who needed to leave the premises for work or other reasons.

83rd Place and Acoma Street was closed Wednesday morning. 84th Avenue is open.

No other information was available as of Wednesday morning.