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Armed woman arrested after barricading in car

Released on Saturday, November 19, 2022

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  • Public Information Office, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950,

An armed woman was safely arrested after barricading in her vehicle for several hours.

Around 10 a.m. on November 19, 2022, Fort Collins Police responded to Golden Eagle Drive to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in a neighborhood. Officers learned that a woman, identified as Debra Marshall-Passero, 44, was inside and had three warrants for her arrest. Marshall-Passero refused to exit the vehicle and indicated that she was armed with a knife. She was also observed smoking illegal drugs during the incident.

Crisis negotiators and members of the SWAT team responded to assist, and several less-lethal tools were used in an effort to gain her cooperation. At 12:37 p.m., Marshall-Passero surrendered the knife, exited the vehicle, and was safely taken into custody. She was evaluated by medical crews at the scene for an injury unrelated to the incident, then booked into the Larimer County Jail on her existing warrants, as well as the following charges:

  • Felony menacing (class 3 felony)
  • Tampering with physical evidence (class 6 felony)
  • Unlawful use of a controlled substance (class 2 drug misdemeanor)
  • Resisting arrest (class 2 misdemeanor)
  • Obstructing a peace officer (class 2 misdemeanor)

"Our officers have responded to multiple barricade situations in recent weeks." said Patrol Lieutenant Kevin Cronin. "These are challenging, rapidly-evolving situations that we train for regularly. Our goal is always to use time, distance, and tools to protect the community and get everyone home safely."

All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement, and all parties must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.