Standoff Ends In Florence

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A standoff ended peacefully Monday morning after a suspect reportedly turned himself in.

Authorities from multiple agencies had been at the Kwik Stop at 2nd and Church in Florence for more than two hours when the suspect was put in custody.

Florence police responded to an alarm at the convenience store sometime between 4 and 5 a.m. When officers arrived, a woman motioned that someone inside had a gun.

Fremont County Sheriff's Office and the Canon City Police Department provided backup law enforcement as the suspect refused to come out.

Authorities say the woman was eventually able to get out of the building, but the suspect refused to surrender. He was eventually put in custody around 7 a.m.

Authorities will not confirm whether or not the suspect was armed, and haven't released information on how the woman was able to escape.

Several schools in the Fremont/Florence district were put on a two-hour delay due to the standoff. The Fremont/Florence Re-2 Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti tells 11 News the schools remain on a delay only because the district was "too far into" the process of putting the schools on a two-hour delay when the standoff ended, not because there is any danger to students and faculty. Staff has been told they can report on their normal schedule.

The schools impacted are Fremont Middle School, Focus Academy and Fremont Elementary School. Penrose Elementary and Florence High School are in session as normal.

We have a crew at the scene now and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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