Nine-Hour Police Standoff Ends Peacefully

A nearly 10–hour standoff on Orchard Mesa between police and a suicidal man ends Sunday evening without injury.
More than two dozens law enforcement officers to the 2700 block of Olson Ave. on Orchard Mesa shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday, after learning an armed man had barricaded himself in his home.
After hours of negotiating and waiting, the 51–year–old man finally gave himself up to authorities peacefully just before 7 p.m. Sunday.
Witnesses on–scene say the man, Norman Grady, was recently estranged from his wife and according to the Grand Junction Police Department, Grady was suicidal and threatened law enforcement officers during the ordeal.
Police immediately evacuated the surrounding homes within a one–block radius and used bean bag rounds as well as tear gas and flash bangs to encourage Grady to give up. However, officers were extra cautious suspecting that Grady was also armed with home–made explosives.
Swat teams from both the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff's Office were on–scene, along with the Grand Junction bomb squad unit. The investigation into the incident is on-going and it is unknown what, if any, charges Grady will face.


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