Standoff In Pueblo Results In Small Fire, Arrest

Firefighters resuscitated two dogs who were inside the trailer when it caught fire. Both were brought out unconscious and not breathing, but are expected to be okay. (Credit: Pueblo Fire Department)

A man allegedly threatened his neighbors with a gun, causing a more than five hour long standoff in a Pueblo mobile home park.

According to the Pueblo Police Department, the victims were working outside around 12:30 a.m. when the suspect came out with a gun and threatened to shoot them if they didn't stop making noise.

Officers tried to get the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Timothy Espinoza, to come out of his home, but he refused. SWAT was called out to the scene to assist. Even then, Espinoza refused to surrender.

Police say that during the standoff, Espinoza repeatedly called the police department dispatch, then would hang up.

At 5:55 a.m. after getting an arrest warrant, SWAT used flash bangs to distract Espinoza, then entered his home and arrested him. The flash bangs caused a fire in the trailer, but the Pueblo Fire Department was at the scene and quickly put it out. It's speculated that one of the flash bangs may have landed next to something combustible.

Three pet dogs were brought out of the trailer unconscious and not breathing after inhaling smoke. Firefighters were able to save two of the dogs, and say the dogs were alert and drinking water when they left the scene.

The trailer is still standing, but the fire department says it's likely to be a total loss due to heat and smoke damage.

Espinoza was taken to the county jail. He is not currently listed in the jail records, so he may have bonded out. We are working to confirm.

The incident happened at the Country Side Mobile Home Park on the 2000 block of 8th Street.