DENVER - Denver Police arrested a man who was shooting into the streets from a building near the intersection of 12th and Grant streets - just south of downtown on Thursday morning.
Photos of the Denver shooter situation
9NEWS Reporter TaRhonda Thomas was on scene and says multiple shots were fired out a building. Police say they originally got a "suicidal party" call just before 2 a.m. That is when the standoff began. Multiple shots were fired sporadically throughout the standoff. Police arrested him around 6 a.m.
The suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Shaun Tobelmann was on an upper floor which left police at a disadvantage and meant Tobelmann was able to fire farther.
"We don't want folks coming out. We don't want folks driving down the street. A bullet doesn't know necessarily where it's heading, so folks need to be responsible for their own safety," Murray said. "We don't even have officers in this block. As you can see, it's very, very dangerous."
Residents in the building were evacuated, and neighbors were told to close their windows as a precaution.
Officers shot chemical agents into the building where Tobelmann was hiding in order to stop the situation. It is unknown at this time whether those chemical agents stopped the situation, as Tobelmann continued to fire shots after the chemical was deployed.
Police say he seemingly surrendered at the door of the apartment.
"Whatever we did worked and that's good news," Murray said.
No officers were injured during the situation. Police say Tobelmann was uninjured when they took him into custody.
Police are searching the apartment for additional evidence.
Murray says the situation was extremely challenging since normally suspects do not fire down the street, and snow was pouring from the sky.
Police were chasing people who are walking down the street to tell them to get away from the area.
"The big fear was that people walking or outside the area would be targets," Murray said. "Thankfully, everyone listened, and we didn't have too much of a problem with that."
Tobelmann had several previous offenses including two DUI convictions.
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