Chemical agents used to end five-hour Loveland SWAT standoff

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LOVELAND, Colo. – A Larimer County SWAT team used chemical agents to end a nearly five-hour standoff with an assault suspect Saturday night that dragged into early Sunday morning.

Deputies responded to a home in the 200 block of Blue Spruce Lane on a domestic disturbance just after 8 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies found a woman had been assaulted resulting in serious but nonlife-threatening injuries. She was taken to a hospital to be treated.

Deputies found probable cause existed to arrest Kenneth Shawcroft, 42, in connection to the assault.

A perimeter was set up around the residence where Shawcroft was and multiple attempts to contact him were ignored. Deputies said Shawcroft did not answer a telephone call, and loudspeakers were used to inform him he was under arrest and to exit the residence.

When he failed to follow the commands, the Larimer County Regional SWAT team was called in. When Shawcroft continued to ignore law enforcement, chemical agents were deployed into the residence.

Shawcroft exited a few minutes later and was taken into custody just before 1 a.m. He was booked into the Larimer County Jail on allegations of second-degree assault and domestic violence enhancement.

No bond was set.

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