Suspect in custody following four-hour standoff in Pueblo

SWAT surrounds a fourplex near Northern Avenue and Pueblo Boulevard on Sept. 7, 2022.
SWAT surrounds a fourplex near Northern Avenue and Pueblo Boulevard on Sept. 7, 2022.(KKTV)
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 3:16 PM MDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2022 at 11:02 AM MDT
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PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - An attempt to serve an eviction notice turned into an hours-long standoff on Pueblo’s south side Tuesday.

The subject of the eviction notice refused to come out of his apartment, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office Civil Unit had gone to a fourplex in the 2100 block of Norman Lane to serve an eviction notice to one of the apartment resident’s identified as Garrison Gurule. Gurule, who also had several outstanding warrants, refused to answer the door. Deputies gave several verbal orders for Gurule to come out of the apartment but he refused and barricaded himself inside,” the sheriff’s office said.

For the next four hours, deputies tried to convince the suspect to come out.

Two of the four apartments in the building were evacuated during the standoff, and neighbors were told to stay in their homes.

SWAT was eventually called to the scene.

Following lengthy negotiations and what the sheriff’s office described as “SWAT tactics,” deputies went inside and took the suspect into custody. He was booked into the Pueblo County Jail on five warrants, including four for failing to appear in court.

“This was great work by our SWAT team and negotiators in demonstrating patience and professionalism to bring this situation to a peaceful end,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor.