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Police: Man fired shotgun into air, threatened to kill himself in Pine

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said the suspect sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Richard Warry Brown

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colorado — A suspect was threatening to kill himself, firing a shotgun from his front deck and drinking shots of whiskey and vodka during a barricade situation in Pine on Saturday, according to an arrest affidavit.

Richard Warry Brown, 41, was arrested after being treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the 33000 block of Harmon Road in Pine. Brown's wife had called police and reported her husband had a shotgun and was threatening to either kill himself "or have the 'cops' do it," the affidavit says. 

Brown's wife also reported that he had threatened a friend with the shotgun, sat on her while she was in bed and slapped their son earlier that morning. 

When police arrived at the home, they saw Brown on an upper-level deck with a shotgun. He fired the gun into the air several times, according to the affidavit. At several points, Brown also sat down at took shots of whiskey and vodka.

Officers were able to get Brown's wife, friend and children to a safe area during the standoff, the affidavit says. 

A "shelter in place" was issued for the surrounding area, and the public was asked to avoid the area, the sheriff's office said.

The affidavit says at some point Brown accidentally fired the shotgun while he was sitting and the pellets struck him in the side of the head.

He transported to a hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later brought to the Jefferson County Detention Facility.

No other injuries were reported, the sheriff's office said. 

Brown is being held on suspicion of the following charges:

  • Felony Menacing
  • Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender
  • False Imprisonment
  • Child Abuse
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Domestic Violence

Brown had previously been convicted of felony menacing and domestic violence in 2010, according to the affidavit.

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