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Standoff near 78th and Washington in Adams County

ADAMS COUNTY — Families were finally allowed to return to their homes in Adams County last night after a standoff that lasted nearly eight hours.

It started today around noon Friday near East 78th Avenue and Downing Street near Thornton.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said they were called to a home where there were reports of shots being fired.

SWAT officers, and police from numerous agencies including Thornton, Northglenn, Denver and the Colorado State Patrol surrounded the home and tried to convince the man to come out of the house.

Officers could be heard on loud speakers saying he was under arrest.

Investigators said they were able to get a search warrant and forced their way into the home and arrested the man at around 7:30 p.m.

The standoff was finally over … and people who live nearby were finally able to go back to their homes after a day full of worry.

Adams County Resident Jennifer Conejo said, “That’s Especially (true) because of what happened with Heath Gumm and now this is going on right here so yeah it’s pretty scary.”

Heath Gumm was the officer who was killed in the line of duty in Adams County.

His funeral service was actually taking place when this standoff in Adams County began.

The good news is that no one was hurt.