Fugitive barricades self in residence near the hospital is arrested after failed negotiations
Was wanted on 8 active warrants in Estes Park and Beyond
The neighborhood in Estes Park known as the ABCs (near the hospital) had a bit of a scare last night. At approximately 7:30 pm, residents received emergency alerts to lock windows and doors and shelter in place and requested people keep out of the area if they were not already there. At approximately 10:30, residents in the area reported hearing two loud ‘booming’ sounds, and shortly after, there was another message telling residents that the area was now safe to return to.
This morning the Town of Estes Park released the following statement regarding the incident:
Shane Root arrested
At approximately 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Estes Park Police received a credible tip that a suspect wanted on several outstanding warrants from Estes Park and other jurisdictions was currently located at a residence on Moccasin Circle. Estes Park Police attempted to make contact with the suspect, Shane Root, age 32 of Estes Park. Root barricaded himself inside the residence. Estes Park Police secured the perimeter and attempted negotiations, with no reply from the suspect. Simultaneously an emergency alert was sent to nearby residents asking them to shelter in place. Because of the seriousness of the suspect’s charges, assistance from the Larimer County All-Hazards/Crisis Response Team was requested. Estes Park Police safely arrested Root at approximately 10:29 p.m. He was transported to the Larimer County Jail.
Root was wanted on eight active warrants from Estes Park and other Colorado agencies including Assault in the Second Degree-Strangulation in relation to Domestic Violence, Vehicular Eluding, Felony Menacing, Possession of Weapons by Previous Offender, Assault, Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangerment. Root was also issued a summons for failure to leave premise upon request of a peace officer.
The charges are allegations and the suspect is considered innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.
The District Attorney's Office for the Eighth Judicial District is now responsible for this case. No further information will be provided by the Estes Park Police Department.