Suspect arrested in Rifle-area standoff that closed I-70 |

Suspect arrested in Rifle-area standoff that closed I-70

Thomas Phippen
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Justin Madrid

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — No shots were fired and no one was injured in a more than three-hour standoff that closed Interstate 70 near Rifle on Tuesday, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

The man arrested by Garfield County authorities in connection with the incident has been identified as Justin Lopez Madrid, 38. He faces charges including felony second-degree assault, attempted murder and tampering with evidence as well as several misdemeanors for resisting arrest, obstructing police and emergency personnel, reckless endangerment and violation of a restraining order.

At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, law enforcement officers responded to reports of a stabbing near the I-70 exit into West Rifle. One suspect appeared to have taken cover in the rocks on the hillside.

First responders chose to shut down I-70, fearing a catastrophic event if gunfire were exchanged so close to the interstate, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Walt Stowe wrote in a press release.

Officials did not indicate whether the man was carrying a firearm at the time of the incident.

After attempting to communicate with Madrid verbally, the Garfield County All Hazards Response Team SWAT unit was dispatched and successfully brought the person down from the hillside around 2:30 p.m.

Shortly thereafter, eastbound I-70 was reopened.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, the incident involved numerous law enforcement agencies, including Colorado State Patrol, police departments in Rifle and Parachute, the Crisis Negotiation Team, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Grand Valley Fire and the Department of Transportation.


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