Pueblo County Crime

Pueblo West man arrested after early morning standoff

PUEBLO, Colo. - A Pueblo West man was arrested after firing shots at deputies and causing more than $10,000 worth of damage on Wednesday morning. 

Deputies responded to the area of Rustic Drive and N. Canvas Drive at about 3 a.m. to investigate a report of shots fired. 

The person who called authorities stated he heard gun shots outside so he went to investigate. Then, he heard a shot hit the ground near him so he ran back inside. 

As deputies were looking around the area, they heard multiple gunshots and reported hearing and seeing evidence of several rounds hitting the ground near them.

The deputies ran for cover in the 500 block of N. Canvas Drive. They continued to hear anywhere from 15 to 20 more shots, which they discovered to be coming from a home in the 1100 block of Rustic Drive. 

SWAT was called and people who lived nearby were notified. Pueblo County School District 70 officials were also warned because school bus routes were expected to run near the active scene.

It was around 5 a.m. when Benjamin Chavez, 43, walked out and surrendered to authorities.

Chavez was arrested on three counts of attempted first-degree murder on a peace officer, attempted first-degree murder, criminal attempt, illegal discharge of a firearm, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.
During a search warrant, deputies found nine guns, including two assault rifles, and various types of ammunition in locations throughout the home and yard. Deputies also located two guns near a residential greenhouse that contained some marijuana plants.

The damage caused by the standoff estimates to be around $10,900.

No injuries were reported. 

The investigation is ongoing.

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