DENVER – Police have identified a Morrison man who allegedly barricaded himself in his home and shot at officers when they tried to talk him out last week.
The suspect was named Monday as Ralph “Kirk” Kirksten Barnhardt, 44.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to 12574 W. Grand Drive about 10:30 a.m. on July 5 after receiving a report of a fight between a male and female in front of the house. Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned that the woman and her 10-year-old son had both been assaulted by Barnhardt, the woman’s husband. When deputies tried to talk to Barnhardt, he allegedly he came to the door with a firearm in each hand and told the deputies to leave. Deputies backed away and tried to talk the suspect into putting the weapons down and coming out, but he refused.
Jefferson County dispatchers sent a reverse notification message to 62 phones in the immediate area asking homeowners to stay away from window and doors until further notice. After numerous failed attempts to negotiate with the suspect, Barnhardt reportedly began shooting at law enforcement personnel staged outside of the home. SWAT team members returned fire, hitting him several times. SWAT then deployed weaponized gas into the building, and eventually went in after the suspect.
Barnhardt was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. His condition was not released, but he was expected to survive. Upon release from the hospital, he faces possible charges of criminal attempt first degree murder of a peace officer, domestic violence assault and child abuse, police said.