WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Six people are facing charges after an early morning standoff during a house party in Wheat Ridge Sunday.
The West Metro SWAT Team got called out around 4:30 a.m. to a home at 48th and Teller.
There was a huge party going on at the house where the standoff took place. Several of the neighbors heard a series of shots that sounded like they came from a semi-automatic weapon and called police.
“About 3:30 a.m. my girlfriend woke up to a lot of gunshots,” neighbor Chad Slate said.
Even though there weren’t any hostages or any threats made against lives, police called out the SWAT team because they felt the neighborhood was in danger. Police had been to the home before and knew that the homeowner kept guns in the house.
There were dozens of people at the party. Police say there was also alcohol, possibly illegal substances, and there were underage people in the home at the time.
When police initially arrived most of the party-goers left, but when six men remained in the home and wouldn’t come out things escalated and the SWAT team came out in full force.
“Well because of the shots fired, the known weapons in the home, the reports possibly a semi-automatic or some sort of large assault rifle being used, obviously the safety of the neighborhood was paramount to us as well as the safety of our officers, and so we did take slow steps to remove these individuals from the home,” Lisa Spinder with Wheat Ridge police said.
Police say all six men who refused to come out of the home will be facing charges which will range from failure to vacate to charges related to illegally firing a weapon.