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Man arrested after day-long standoff with Colorado police

July 13, 2019

EDGEWATER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado authorities say a 40-year-old man has been taken into custody following a day-long standoff in which he barricaded himself inside his parent’s home and exchanged gunshots with officers.

Authorities say John Cruz, Jr. surrendered to officers shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday. Cruz allegedly barricaded himself inside the home in the Denver suburb of Edgewater Friday morning after officers responded to reports of gunshots.

Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey said Cruz’s parents said their son had access to multiple weapons. Shots were exchanged and officers also hurled tear gas into the home in an unsuccessful attempt to get him to give up.

Cruz faces criminal charges including five counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, resisting arrest and illegal discharge of a weapon.

Cruz could not be reached for comment and it was unknown if he had an attorney.

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