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Man surrenders to Englewood police after barricading himself in home

Officers communicated with man on phone; scene lasted more than 15 hours

An armed man who barricaded himself in a home during a standoff with police that lasted more than 15 hours walked out of the house in the 4100 block of South Galapago Street in Englewood at about 1:30 a.m. May 17 and was arrested. He surrendered peacefully, police said in a news release.
Englewood police and SWAT officers arrived on the scene the morning of May 16. Some homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution.
Police described the man, Alexander Logan Benner, as 28 years old and suicidal. Benner was jailed on accusation of failing to leave premises, prohibited use of a firearm and violating a protection order.
To police spokesman Chad Read's knowledge, officers did not try to enter the house. Benner fired an unknown number of rounds from a firearm inside the home, the news release said. The shots were not believed to be intended to hit officers. No one else was in the home, and no injuries have been reported.
Police received a call just before 8 a.m. May 16, followed by two or three more, from people who said they saw a Facebook post by the man that led them to believe he may be a threat of harm to himself, said Scot Allen, another spokesman for Englewood police. The man was not believed to be a threat to others, Allen said.
Officers were in contact by phone with the barricaded man on and off and were trying to contact him in person, police said.
In addition to Englewood officers, Greenwood Village police officers, Littleton police officers, Denver Fire Department firefighters and Denver Health medical personnel responded to the scene. West Oxford Avenue was closed from South Fox to South Huron streets, and Galapago Street was closed between Oxford and West Princeton avenues, were closed during the incident. Police recommended people avoid the area.
All roads were opened and safe for travel as of about 9 a.m. May 17, a news release said.
A neighbor said the home, south of Oxford Avenue on the west side of Galapago Street, was occupied by a young couple who had just moved in and who had rented a basement to a roommate.


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