U.S. 34 reopens near Estes Park after SWAT standoff

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ESTES PARK, Colo. — Westbound U.S. 34 was closed going into Estes Park on Monday due to a police standoff with a man who “may be armed and suicidal” at a lodge on the eastern edge of the mountain town, according to the Larimer County Sheriff.

Shortly before 3 p.m., the sheriff’s office indicated the standoff had ended and the individual was in custody “pending the conclusion of the investigation.”

The sheriff’s office confirmed the standoff and the highway closure on Facebook shortly after 1:30 p.m. The man was barricaded inside the Olympus Motor Lodge, which is just off U.S. 34 and less than a half mile east of Lake Estes.

The lodge had been evacuated as of 1:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office indicated, and westbound traffic on U.S. 34 had been halted at the town of Drake, which is just over 10 miles east of the lodge and halfway between Estes Park and Loveland.

U.S. 34 was also closed in both directions near the lodge in Estes Park, and there were additional closures near Dry Gulch Road and at the intersection of U.S. 36 and Mall Road, which heads northeast towards the lodge.

All of those closures had been lifted as of 3 p.m.

Though westbound traffic on U.S. 34 was cut off as of early Monday afternoon, traffic on U.S. 36, the other major highway running in and out of Estes Park, was not reportedly impacted by the standoff.

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