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Armed man surrenders peacefully after tense standoff with Pueblo deputies

Posted: 2:38 PM, Jul 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-18 17:02:30-04
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PUEBLO COUNTY — The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office says it negotiated the peaceful surrender of a heavily armed many after a standoff lasting more than three hours. It happened late Wednesday night at a home in Eastern Pueblo County.

Deputies were called to a home in the 2000 block fo 54rd Lane, east of Avondale, around 10:40 p.m. when a woman called in saying her roommate, identified as Robert Morgan, 53, chased her and her boyfriend out of the home after an argument, and that he began shooting at them with a shotgun and handgun.

The victims hid in an open field until deputies arrived and moved them to safety. No one was injured.

Deputies say when they arrived they heard several gunshots coming from the direction of the residents, and that Morgan had several weapons in the home including an assault rifle and a shotgun. Deputies approached the home and found Morgan standing on the porch. But when they tried to contact Morgan he refused to speak with them, and went inside and closed the door.

Deputies at the scene were wearing protective equipment provided by the Shield 616 program.

Deputies surrounded the home and tried for about two hours to get Morgan to come out. Eventually the Sheriff's Office SWAT Team negotiators were called. Morgan at first refused negotiators' orders to leave the home and threatened to shoot at deputies. The negotiators eventually were able to convince Morgan to come out and he was taken into custody without further incident.

Morgan was booked into the Pueblo County Jail and faces two counts of attempted second-degree murder and prohibited use of the weapon.

The investigation is ongoing.