El Paso County Crime

Police: Monument officer pistol whipped during standoff

MONUMENT, Colo. - The Monument Police Department says an officer was hit on the head with a pistol during a standoff Wednesday evening.

The incident happened in the 17000 block of Gypsum Canyon Court, which is in a neighborhood just east of the intersection of Highway 105 and Jackson Creek Parkway.

Police say this all began when the Colorado State Patrol tried to pull over a vehicle on I-25 for a traffic violation at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The driver, identified by Monument Police as Tyler Gonzalez, 22, reportedly refused to pull over and troopers decided not to pursue.

Gonzalez was later spotted driving into the Monument neighborhood where he lives. Police responded and found his vehicle parked outside of the home on Gypsum Canyon Court.

Police say that Gonzalez refused to come out of the house and the situation turned into a standoff. They say that at one point during the standoff, Gonzalez's sister came home and walked into the house.

Police say the officer followed the girl into the house and that once inside, he was confronted by Gonzalez, who was hiding behind the door.

The Monument Police Department says that Gonzalez was wearing a tactical style vest, holding a gun and threatened to kill the officer. It says Gonzalez hit the officer in the head with the gun several times. The officer fell out of the door during the struggle, hitting his head on the concrete. He was treated for minor injuries.   

An El Paso County negotiator eventually convinced Gonzalez to surrender. He faces numerous charges, including first degree assault, obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest. Police say he also had two outstanding warrants. 

After Gonzalez was arrested, his gun was more closely inspected and investigators determined it was actually an Airsoft weapon.




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