Craig Man Gets In Standoff With Police

A Craig Man was taken to the hospital Friday night after a standoff with local law enforcement. According to an arrest affidavit, officers were called to a Craig home after 35-year-old John Gates assaulted at least one person with a .22 pistol.  Officers located Gates in a cabin in the back yard of the home, where he was still with the victim who he assaulted and another unidentified individual. While officers were trying to get Gate’s out of the cabin, he broke out a window, telling officers he would shoot them if they came any closer. While the standoff continued, police observed Gates with a large ten inch knife, and determined he had intentionally cut his wrists and abdomen. The affidavit states that police were eventually able to get the assault victim and the other person out of the cabin safely, and continued to negotiate with Gates to surrender. Gates eventually came out of the cabin wrapped in a blanket, where he continued to threaten to shoot officers if they came any closer. Officers were able to convince Gates to remove the blanket and drop the knife, which he had concealed in his waist band. After determining Gates did not have any other weapons in his possession, police were able to take him into custody.  Gates was treated for the self inflicted injuries and was released from the hospital Saturday, then booked into the Moffat County Jail. Gates received multiple charges related to the incident, including unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. Pictured John Gates, photo courtesy of the Moffat County Jail, click to enlarge.

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