Man, woman arrested after 9-hour standoff with Brighton police

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BRIGHTON, Colo. -- A man and woman barricaded in a home in a nine-hour standoff on Tuesday morning, prompting nearby schools to be placed on lockout, the Brighton Police Department said.

About 5:15 a.m., law enforcement was sent to the 100 block of South 10th Avenue on a report of a man inside the home who said police were preparing to kick in the door and he said he would shoot at officers if it happened.

Responding officers found no Brighton police units tried to contact the man and found no law enforcement personnel at the residence.

When the man refused to open the door, officers tried to call him. Police also discovered a woman inside the home who had an arrest warrant for a parole violation.

Over the next hour, the man offered to surrender several times but never did and said the woman was not willing to surrender.

Residents in the area were advised to shelter in place, and 10th Avenue was closed between Bridge and Bush streets for most of the day.

Brighton High School, Vikan Middle School and Brighton Heritage Academy were placed on lockout just before 8 a.m. because of the incident.


About 2:30 p.m., the man and woman surrendered peacefully.

Sarah Welsh, 40, was taken into custody on the arrest warrant for a parole violation. Todd Wollert, 45, was arrested on a charge of felony menacing.