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Man Barricaded in Home Arrested after SWAT Standoff

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The call came in around 8:30 Thursday morning. Upon arriving on the scene, SWAT Team, Drug Task Force, Grand Junction Police Department, and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office were at the helm of the standoff. More than 80 homes in the surrounding area were put into a shelter-in-place near the incident at 500 Block of 29 1/2 Rd.

A standoff involving tear gas, flashbangs, and a bullhorn requesting the barricaded man to surrender.

"It all started going off and smoke coming out the front door, yeah, it was quite interesting", says Brad Rice who lives near the incident.

One woman we spoke with this morning claimed to be the owner of the home. She tells us this is the second time the sheriff's office has come to their home and also tells us a search warrant was not provided both times. Law enforcement then told her and her children to vacate the property.

"Three times I told them that there's no one was in the house, I checked before they got there, they said they were going to get a warrant and then search my house. I told them I would let them in when they had a warrant", says Ivy Hansen, one of the homeowners.

Hansen was later arrested for Attempt to Influence a Public Servant, Accessory to Crime, Obstructing a Peace Officer, and  Resisting Arrest. Justin Edwards, the man who barricaded himself inside the home, was arrested for active warrants on his name.

"41-year-old Justin Edwards had several warrants, outstanding warrants, active warrants. That's one of the reasons why we were seeking him. The MCSO had three active warrants and one of those warrants stemmed from an incident that occurred in February, he also had two Failure to Appear warrants as well", says Megan Terlecky the Public Information Officer for the MCSO.

The sheriff's office tells KREX5 News a search warrant was provided on the scene just like any time a situation similar to this occurs.

"We did obtain a warrant today before we made any type of entry onto the property, as we do anytime we make entry onto a private residence. We obtain warrants for arrests, we obtain warrants for searches, and we obtain warrants to go onto people's properties. That's a part of our justice system, that's what we do", says Terlecky.

The arrest ended peacefully and both 34-year-old Ivy Hansen and 41-year-old Justin Edwards are currently in the Mesa County Detention Facility.


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