Evacuation lifted after standoff at apartment

Posted at 5:02 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 07:40:39-04

Residents forced to evacuate an apartment building in Broomfield due to a standoff with a man believed to be armed with a gun were finally allowed to return home just after midnight.

The incident started around noon on Tuesday. Broomfield Police got a call reporting a fraud/forgery suspect was in an apartment at 8450 Arista Place. That's near the 1st Bank Center.

A few hours later, at about 3 p.m., police got a tip that the man was armed with a gun.

Officers tried to contact the suspect, later identified as Shane Potts, but he refused to speak to the officers.

Potts, 42, had multiple warrants out of several jurisdictions, including domestic violence charges out of Broomfield.

Broomfield Police but neighboring businesses on lockout and sent a CodeRED alert to residents telling them to stay inside and lock their doors.

The SWAT team and negotiators arrived at about 5 p.m. and officers helped residents safely evacuate the building.

At 8 p.m., police said residents who had been evacuated could go to the nearby Aloft Hotel.

Police warned concert-goers to expect traffic delays and asked them to enter the 1st Bank Center off of Highway 121 to Uptown.

After over eight hours of negotiations, Potts was taken into custody without incident. 

He was transported to the Broomfield Detention Facility and is expected to face additional charges stemming from the standoff.

A secondary CodeRED notification was sent out at 12:15 a.m. advising residents that the situation had been resolved.


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