Glenwood Springs man arrested for threatening girlfriend with shotgun while he was intoxicated
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Authorities arrested a man who allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a shotgun while he was intoxicated Saturday night.Mark Damman, 43, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested on suspicion of menacing and possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.Not long before midnight, police responded to a report of a suicidal person at apartments on the 1300 block of Pitkin Avenue near Glenwood Springs High School. A detective got near the door of an apartment with an open door and heard a man yelling profanity. The detective also heard the “very distinct” sound of a shotgun being pumped and threatening statements directed toward a woman inside, police said in an arrest affidavit.The detective called additional officers. The woman ran out the back door of the residence and told police that Damman had about five guns inside, police said.Authorities decided to call out the Garfield County All-Hazards Response Team and evacuated about seven people from the lower floor of the apartment complex, police said.”We had the possibility of a barricaded subject with a gun and (Glenwood Springs police) requested the All-Hazards Response Team,” said Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. “The negotiators that are assigned to that team were able to talk with him and have him come out peacefully, on his own, which is the quintessential result that we like to see.”Authorities contacted Damman by phone and he agreed to come out. Police Chief Terry Wilson said the incident never reached a standoff-type situation.”We contacted him by phone using a couple of officers on the All-Hazards Response Team to make contact with him,” Wilson said. “They told him what was going on and that he needed to go out and talk with us, and he did exactly that. It was resolved peacefully.”Police believe Damman was intoxicated, making it illegal to possess a firearm. The woman he was with told police they got into an argument over Damman’s use of a dirty word while they were out in Glenwood Springs. She said the argument escalated at the apartment, and Damman made suicidal statements. One man who was evacuated said police rang his doorbell around 1:45 a.m. and directed people to wait at Glenwood Springs High School until the situation was resolved. Wilson said police finished responding to the call just before 4 a.m.Damman didn’t post a $5,000 bond by Monday afternoon. He’s scheduled to appear for formal filing of charges on Sept. 24.Contact Pete Fowler: email@example.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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