BOULDER, Colo. — The Boulder Police Department (BPD) identified the suspect on Tuesday who was taken into custody the night before, after he barricaded himself inside a home.
After what started as a reported hostage situation in a home in the 3300 block of Broadway, John Lee Fleming, 56, was held on suspicion of:
- 3 counts of second-degree assault
- 2 counts of menacing
- 1 count of resisting arrest
- 1 count of obstructing a peace officer
Police said the incident began about 9:15 p.m. Monday when they received information from Lafayette Police about a possible hostage situation in Boulder. Officers responded and learned that a man and woman were being held against their will by a man who was known to the victims.
While police worked to rescue the two victims at the rear of the house, other officers engaged with the man at the front doorway. The man wouldn't obey officers' commands, and one officer fired their gun. No one was hit, and the victims escaped out a window, police said.
Police said the man then barricaded himself inside the home.
At 12:47 a.m. Tuesday, the suspect surrendered to police. The bomb squad checked the house and found no explosive devices. Detectives took evidence from the house that included replica firearms and swords.
Boulder Police Animal Protection took three dogs to the Boulder Humane Society. The dogs weren't hurt, police said.
The Boulder County Critical Incident Response Team was activated to investigate the officer shooting their gun.
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