SWAT Standoff Closes Several Blocks in Montrose
MONTROSE Colo.- Residents in Montrose received quite a scare on Easter Sunday, after a four hour SWAT standoff shut down several blocks in the city. Authorities say when they reported to Professional Car Service at 310 S. Townsend Avenue for reports of domestic violence, they discovered a female and her two children fleeing the area. That’s when they realized the husband had barricaded himself inside the service center, threatening to kill himself. Officials say they made several attempts to get the gentleman out of the garage but after a while, had to take additional action. “We finally introduced gas into the bay area of the service station,” said Gene Lillard, commander of Montrose Police. “We also knew that he had a vehicle that was inside the station that was running and this was a concern for us and his safety also.” Witnesses say they heard gun shots but authorities confirm that was the gas canisters going off. The wife and two children are safe and staying at a family's home, where as the suspect in this case is being checked out at Montrose Memorial Hospital. He is likely to be charged with domestic violence and menacing.