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On Sept. 7, 2021, the Castle Rock Police Department managed an incident in the area of Red Hawk Dr. and Wolfensberger Rd. involving an armed subject. Officers had dealt with the subject multiple times in the days preceding this event.
Officers’ initial contact with the subject occurred the day before on Sept. 6. Officers responded on a request for a welfare check to the subject’s home located in the 1400 block of Red Hawk Dr. A friend had contacted the police and stated the subject was suicidal. The subject refused to meet with officers at that time and was very agitated by their presence. Officers, not wanting to provoke the subject further, left the home.
An officer spoke with the subject later that same night via telephone. Over an hour and twenty minute period, the officer attempted to convince the subject to get help for his suicidal thoughts. However, the subject declined any assistance. The officer agreed to reach back out to the subject the following day to check in on him.
On the morning of Sept. 7, the Castle Rock Police Department was contacted by a suicide hotline that stated they had been on the phone with the subject and he had threatened to shoot himself. The police were also contacted by a family member who indicated the subject was making suicidal statements and creating concerning posts on social media.
An officer again reached out to the subject via telephone and spoke with him. The subject continued to make suicidal statements and refused to meet with officers. He threatened to shoot at officers and shoot himself if any police arrived at his home. After approximately one hour of negotiating with the subject, he told officers he was going to shoot himself, and a gunshot was heard over the phone line. There was no response from the subject and police and medical personnel were dispatched to his residence to render medical aid.
Upon arrival at the location, officers approached the subject’s apartment. The subject, who was alive and uninjured, began threatening to shoot at officers on scene, claiming he had multiple weapons available. A perimeter was established. Not knowing if the gunshot fired by the subject had entered an adjacent apartment, officers began contacting neighbors to check their welfare, evacuate them or have them shelter in place.
The Douglas County Regional SWAT team was contacted and negotiations with the subject were continued. Over a five-hour period, crisis negotiators requested the subject to exit and surrender to officers. These were all met with the subject’s refusal. Several tactics were employed to secure the safe surrender of the subject to include:
No gunshots were fired by officers. After all efforts to get the subject to surrender were exhausted, a robot was deployed inside the residence. The subject was located deceased inside. The Douglas County Coroner’s office arrived on scene and will be handling the death investigation.