Hours-Long Standoff Ends With Arrest

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Residents in a Springs neighborhood are breathing a sigh of relief after a standoff ended in an arrest.

James Ferrell, 29, was taken into custody more than seven hours after the standoff started. On Thursday, a judge advised him of the charges against him. He's facing several charges including burglary, trespassing, and criminal mischief.

He's being held at the El Paso County Jail on three bonds that total over $20,000.

The situation started around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when officers showed up at a row of townhomes near South Circle and Monterey trying to contact Ferrell, who police say is a burglary suspect.

Ferrell barricaded himself inside a bedroom, then police say he climbed into the attic and actually crawled across all four townhomes in an attempt to escape.

As the situation unfolded, the townhomes were evacuated and several nearby blocks closed off.

Police fired tear gas and sent in robots in an attempt to draw Ferrell out. Our crew reported hearing two loud flash bang grenades go off around 10 p.m., almost five hours into the standoff.

Ferrell finally came out three hours later and was taken into custody.



 
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