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Suspect in custody following standoff in Security-Widefield

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 3:09 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 8:14 PM MST
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SECURITY-WIDEFIELD, Colo. (KKTV) - A shelter-in place alert was issued for a neighborhood in Security-Widefield on Tuesday. It was in place for about three hours before the incident was “resolved,” according to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the sheriff’s office, the Colorado Department of Corrections Division of Adult Parole notified them that fugitive Larry Garduno was in the home at about 2 p.m. There was an active warrant for his arrest for absconding from parole. According to the sheriff’s office, Garduno was considered “armed and dangerous.” SWAT was called to the home and the sheriff’s office says Garduno and a woman inside refused to exit. The sheriff’s office adds the woman was not being held against her will and there were no active warrants for her.

Just after 3 p.m. the following alert was issued for a neighborhood near Widefield Community Park:”

“This is the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Today is 11-30-2021. There is law enforcement activity in the area of 100-block of Ithaca St. Please secure your home and stay away from the doors and windows. You will receive another notification when the situation has been resolved.”

After negotiation efforts failed, SWAT deployed gas munitions into the home. Garduno eventually exited and was taken into custody at about 5:30 p.m. The woman who was with him was treated at the scene for exposure to the gas, but she is not facing any charges.

According to online court records, Garduno has pleaded guilty to a number of crimes in the past including assault. Garduno has also faced a long list of charges that have been dismissed over the years.

A nearby elementary school, Talbott Elementary, was placed on “controlled release” during the incident.

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