Man in Custody After SWAT Situation
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A quiet Grand Junction neighborhood became the center of a SWAT situation Thursday evening.
Authorities say around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 39-year-old Lawrence Robert Short was pulled over for a routine traffic stop at 25 Road and F 1/2 Road.
Short proceeded to drive through a patch of rocks and speed off at a high rate on 25 Road. At some point during this pursuit, Short jumped out of the car and ran into a home where a female resident was inside.
NewsChannel 5 spoke to the people who were inside the home when the suspect burst into the residence. They say the suspect came in yelling and asking for someone, that's when everyone inside the home ran out the back door and the suspect barricaded himself inside.
Several crews with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office were on scene including the SWAT team.
Mesa County Sheriff's officials were able to obtain a search warrant within a few hours but before they executed the warrant, they gave a few warnings for the suspect to exit, that's when he came out on his own.
"He was on parole for burglary so he'll probably be going back to prison," said Lisa McCammon with the Sheriff's Office.
Short is facing charges including criminal trespass, vehicular eluding and reckless driving.
Authorities say no one was injured.
A reverse 911 call was made to the homes in the area during the incident, asking residents to stay inside.
According to an arrest affidavit, there was a female passenger named Neva Clifton in the car with Short at the time of the incident.