2 in custody after C-470 shut down for reports of armed suspects on ridge

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies took a man and woman into custody and accused them of menacing after there were reports of armed suspects on a ridge along C-470 Monday evening.

Authorities closed  C-470 as a precaution. They initially said said the guns may be BB guns and deputies had two people in custody. Deputies also say no one was shot or shot at during the incident.

The suspects, charged with menacing, were identified as Gabrielle Shirk and Travis Johnson.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley later said no guns were recovered and two people were being questioned who may or may not be part of the incident.

Radio communications among deputies indicated at least two more might be at large with “long rifles.” That information was not confirmed by authorities.

C-470 reopened to traffic a little after 7 p.m., and the scene started to clear.

There were major traffic backups on C-470 in both directions as a result of the operation.

The sheriff’s office sent a tweet that said, “No second chances when dealing w/ reports of weapons and a possible danger to the public. Safety 1st in #Jeffco.