Man accused of firing rifle in direction of deputies during seven hour standoff

PENROSE, Colo. - The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says a man fired a rifle at deputies twice during a standoff in Penrose.

The standoff began at 4:30 p.m. on May 22, 2014.

Deputies were called to a home in the 500 block of 2nd Street to investigate a report of shots fired.

The sheriff's office says that Robert Fenstermacher, 23, pointed a rifle out a window and fired it toward sheriff's office vehicles as they arrived at his home.

The deputies called for backup and an emergency notification call was sent to surrounding neighbors.

Negotiators were called in and began communicating with Fenstermacher over the phone and with a PA system.

The negotiations continued for seven hours. The sheriff's office says that Fenstermacher twice came out of the house and fired one round from his rifle. It says one round was fired in the direction of deputies and the other was fired in the air.

A SWAT team went into the home and arrested Fenstermacher at 11:30 p.m.

No one was hurt.

Fenstermacher is facing several charges, including assault and menacing. He is being held at the Fremont County Detention Center on $30,000 bond.

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