Aurora standoff ends peacefully; suspect in custody

AURORA, Colo. -- A nearly five hour standoff ended peacefully shortly before dusk Sunday, the Aurora Police Department said.

Officers closed Sable Boulevard in both directions north of Mississippi Avenue as people were evacuated from nearby condominium units, where an armed suspect had barricaded himself.

It happened in the area around the 900 block of South Dawson Way as police attempted to negotiate with the armed suspect who was barricaded inside a unit at the Sable Cove Condominiums.

Investigators said they got a report at 11 a.m. that a man was menacing residents with a weapon. They got a second complaint at 2 p.m.

Witnesses said the standoff started after a man began pointing a gun at people outside the condominium building for no apparent reason.

Periodically, officers used a loudspeaker asking the suspect to call a police negotiator while neighbors anxiously waited to return home.

The man surrendered around 7 p.m. Before the the suspect surrendered, police said he was hit by a less-lethal round.

He then tried to run away and a police dog bit him, according to police. The suspect is being treated at a hospital for those injuries.

Neighbors said this is not the first time they've had trouble with the suspect. Neighbors said he has been known to randomly fire his gun into the air.