Standoff ends in Fort Collins, suspect taken into custody

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Police and firefighters responded to an incident involving a barricaded man and a gas line leak in Fort Collins on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said they received a call about 2:10 p.m. about a disturbance at Skyline Trailer Park in the 2200 block of West Mulberry Street.

Police found the suspect, 43-year-old Joseph Norrie, at a home that belonged to a family member, the Fort Collins Police Department said.

“Norrie was threatening to harm himself with a knife and barricaded himself in the home, refusing police commands to exit,” police said.

Officers detected a gas odor that Norrie threatened to ignite, police said.

Neighbors from nearby residences were evacuated as a precaution.

Poudre Fire Authority and Xcel Energy crews responded to assist with the gas odor, shutting off the line to the house.

Norrie came out of the house and was uncooperative with officers, police said.

A nonlethal device was used and Norrie was taken into custody just before 5 p.m.

When officers went inside the residence, they found Norrie had started a fire. It was quickly extinguished. No one else was in the home.

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