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Posted on: October 26, 2010

[ARCHIVED] News Release - October 26, 2010 Contact: Lt. Darin Sagel Phone: 970-542-3932

Barricaded Man Arrested After Brief Standoff with Police

After a two-hour standoff Tuesday morning, police arrested a 24 year-old Fort Morgan man accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and making threats with a gun.

Shortly after 9:30 a.m., police responded to the 200 block of Walnut Street and found the ex-girlfriend leaving the residence. Officers learned that she was involved in an assault and that the male party was inside, possibly in possession of a handgun. Police officers learned the identity of the male party Christopher Neel, and that he had outstanding charges of aggravated robbery with a weapon, felony menacing and possession of a weapon by a previous offender from Weld County Sheriff's Office.

A Fort Morgan Police Department negotiator along with assistance from family members was able to contact him by phone, asking him to surrender.

Although there was no indication that anyone was being held hostage, the Fort Morgan Police Department's SRT Team responded as a precaution as well as assistance from other Morgan County law enforcement agencies. After about two hours, Neel surrendered.

He was arrested and transported to Morgan County Detention Center, where he was awaiting bond determination on additional charges of Domestic Violence, Harassment and Obstructing.
No one was injured in the arrest. Residences and businesses immediately surrounding the area were contacted by police or through the Morgan County Communications Center emergency phone notification system.

Assisting law enforcement agencies were Morgan County Sheriff's Department and Colorado State Patrol.

The case remains under investigation.

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