A man killed himself after an argument with his landlord escalated into an hours-long standoff in Old Colorado City early Wednesday, police said.

Police received reports of shots fired at Westside Bungalows, a motel in the 2700 block of West Colorado Avenue, just after 4:30 a.m. Officers heard a barrage of bullets when they arrived, forcing them to take cover.

Windows of the unit were shattered by bullets and a water line inside was struck, causing the unit to flood where electrical wires were exposed, police spokesman Lt. Howard Black said.

Shortly after 8 a.m., police set off a series of flash bangs, and AMR medical personnel pulled out a gurney. Officers did not fire their weapons.

No one else was injured.

The man's name has not been released.

Colorado Avenue was closed in both directions from 26th Street to 28th Street until about 8:45 a.m.

The University School on West Cucharras Street closed for the day.



Liz Forster is a general assignment reporter with a focus on environment and public safety. She is a Colorado College graduate, avid hiker and skier, and sweet potato enthusiast. Liz joined The Gazette in June 2017.

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