Police take down suspect who pulled flare gun in Longmont

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- A man is in custody after allegedly pointing a flare gun at another man and police officers, the Longmont Police Department said.

The incident happened Monday night at a Walmart store. Officers responded to a report of a man inside the store pointing a flare gun at another man.

Officers attempted to contact the male suspect, identified as 50-year-old Scott Benson, inside his vehicle in the parking lot.

Police said Benson was uncooperative, then took out the flare gun, appeared to load it and pointed it at officers.

The officers took cover and used a less lethal shotgun round to break out a window of the vehicle.

After several more commands, police said Benson got out of his vehicle with a backpack.

Officers fired another less lethal shotgun round that struck Benson in his inner thigh. Benson surrendered a short time later, police said.

He was taken to Longmont United Hospital, then booked into the Boulder County Jail. No officers were injured.

"A lot of things have to come to together. Sometimes when you have time and you have cover and you can talk to people, you have those opportunities to take advantage of it," police spokesman Jeff Satur said.

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