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Man arrested after shots fired in Longmont neighborhood early Saturday morning

Police were called about 12:30 a.m. after residents heard gunshots, which also were heard by an officer on patrol nearby in the area of East Fifth Avenue and Morgan Street, according to an arrest affidavit.
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A 38-year-old Greeley man was arrested after police surrounded a home in a Longmont neighborhood where gunshots were heard early Saturday morning. 

The man faces possible charges of reckless endangerment, obstructing a police officer, prohibited use of a weapon and theft for the incident that unfolded about 12:30 a.m. in the 100 block of St. Clair Avenue, according to an arrest affidavit. 

Police were called after residents heard gunshots, which also were heard by an officer on patrol nearby in the area of East Fifth Avenue and Morgan Street, according to the affidavit.

A resident reported hearing several loud bangs and when he opened his front door, he saw a man wearing dark clothing standing in a doorway and holding what appeared to be a rifle that was pointing at the ground, according to the affidavit. The resident closed his door and heard another shot, prompting him to call police, according to the affidavit. 

Officers surrounded a home and began making announcements for all inside to exit, to which there was no response, according to the affidavit. The SWAT team was then called.

A man who eventually exited the home told police he received a call from the suspect about 6 p.m., asking to be picked up in Greeley after a fight with his wife, according to the affidavit. 

The men spent the evening drinking and playing pool before the resident went to bed. He told police he was awakened by sirens, according to the affidavit.

The suspect, who came out of the home after several hours, initially denied shooting a gun, telling police “he did not believe in guns,” according to the affidavit. 

In a search of the home, police found an AR-15 style rifle and one magazine. The rifle was reported stolen by the Brush Police Department, according to the affidavit. 

The suspect was determined to be a “danger to society” because the weapon had been fired in a densely populated area, according to the affidavit. He was taken to the Boulder County Jail.