Denver police arrest a man who barricaded himself in a Westwood home for about seven hours

Police have shut down streets in a two block radius around the home in the 900 block of South Perry where a man has barricaded himself inside. Nov. 19, 2019. (Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

Police have shut down streets in a two block radius around the home in the 900 block of South Perry where a man has barricaded himself inside. Nov. 19, 2019. (Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

The man who barricaded himself inside a home in the 900 block of South Perry Street in Westwood on Wednesday was arrested after a standoff that lasted about seven hours, according to Denver police.

No injuries were reported. The man is being held on investigation of felony menacing.

Department spokesperson Doug Schepman said the incident began with a shots-fired call around 6:30 a.m. and became a barricade situation around noon. The scene is active and officers are trying to get him out, he said.

Police on Twitter asked that anyone nearby to shelter in place. Officers have closed off streets in a two-block radius around the scene: Tennessee Avenue to Kentucky Avenue and Quitman Street to Perry Street.

Denver Public Schools spokesperson Will Jones said nearby Castro Elementary School was placed on lockout at 1:33 p.m. The lockout was lifted at 4:45 p.m. Jones said in an email that “all students are with their families.”

Brisia Leon lives on South Quitman Street, close to the home where the man is barricaded. Leon said in a phone interview she was OK, though she’s been sheltering in place since about 12:30 p.m., when police told her to do so. Her mother, Idalia Rocha, was down the street near Quitman and Mississippi Avenue, calling her to make sure she was OK.

“First (police) told us to be here in the house, not to come out,” Leon said. “I asked one of my neighbors and he said that there was a guy, a suspect out, armed, and that he was in one of the houses.”

 

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