Police safely arrest burglary suspect after 9-hour standoff
- Public Information Office, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950, email@example.com
Fort Collins Police safely arrested a burglary suspect after a 9-hour standoff at a Kirkwood Drive apartment.
On Thursday, September 15 around 10:40 p.m., FC911 received a report that a man had broken into an unoccupied apartment in the 1300 block of Kirkwood Drive. Police responded and contacted the suspect, Justin Hall, 33, in the parking lot. Hall ran from officers, and police used a 40mm less-lethal launcher in an effort to stop him. Hall continued running, broke into a different apartment, and refused to come out. That apartment was occupied, but residents were able to escape without injury.
During the investigation, police received information that Hall was possibly armed with a gun. The Fort Collins SWAT team, K9 team, UAS (drone) team, and crisis negotiators responded to assist. Larimer County Sheriff’s Office All Hazards/Crisis Response Team also provided support. In addition to negotiation efforts, police deployed several less-lethal tools to get Hall to surrender, but he refused to come out.
Members of SWAT team ultimately entered the apartment and safely took Hall into custody around 7:50 a.m. on Friday, September 16. No community members or officers were injured during the incident. Hall was transported to an area hospital for minor injuries sustained during the course of the incident. Upon release, he was booked into the Larimer County Jail on two existing misdemeanor warrants, as well as the following charges:
- Second degree burglary – forced entry into a residence (class 3 felony)
- Second degree criminal tampering (class 2 misdemeanor)
- Resisting arrest (class 2 misdemeanor)
- Criminal mischief – $300-$749 (class 2 misdemeanor)
- Failure or refusal to leave premise – barricades or refuses police entry (class 2 misdemeanor)
- Obstructing a peace officer (class 2 misdemeanor)
“This was a dynamic and resource-intensive situation with a lot of unknowns,” said Assistant Chief John Feyen, who leads the Special Operations Division. “Our officers kept safety at the forefront of their decision-making and gave the suspect every opportunity to come out. I’m proud of the skill and professionalism they showed throughout this very lengthy incident.”
FCPS appreciates the cooperation of area residents and the assistance of Larimer County Sheriff’s Office during this incident. Anyone with information about this suspect or incident, who has not already spoken to police, should contact Detective Bryan Vogel at 970-416-2392. People who wish to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org. All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement, and all parties must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.