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An armed gunman was apprehended Thursday in Crossroads Assisted Living in Rifle, according to the Rifle Police Department. There were no hostages and no injuries.

Rifle Police were dispatched at 2:47 p.m. to a report of a man entering Crossroads with a gun. Upon arrival, officers learned that the man was in the room of one of the residents. It was unclear at that point if he had taken any hostages. Residents and staff were evacuated.

Officers determined that there was no hostage and tried to negotiate with the man. They eventually gained access to the room and took the man into custody. A handgun was recovered.



Gregory Blurton, 54, of Rifle was arrested. Charges are pending.

Evacuees were allowed to return to the home shortly thereafter.



The Rifle Police Department was assisted by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Igor Vladimirovich Skorev, 21, accused of multiple crimes stemming from a high-speed chase along I-70, is headed for trial in July.

Deputy District Attorney Andrea S. Bryan said on Thursday that she declined to offer a plea bargain to Skorev, who lives in Henderson, Colo., and faces nearly a dozen criminal charges.

Skorev pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday, and Judge Denise Lynch set a jury trial for July 9-11.

The charges against Skorev include possession of pot and drug paraphernalia, reckless endangerment, eluding police and speeding more than 40 miles an hour over the posted speed limit, among others.

The chase took place shortly after midnight on April 22, starting in West Glenwood and ending when a trooper forced a car allegedly driven by Skorev off the highway in Glenwood Canyon.


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