Press Release from Milliken Police Chief Benito Garcia
Milliken - On Thursday July 6, 2017 at approximately 0730 am, Milliken Police Officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Sydney Ct. on a disturbance involving a suicidal male with a gun.
Once on scene, officers determined that the individual involved was still inside the home.
Negotiations began with the individual to come out of the home. The individual refused to come out and speak with officers and threatened to shoot at officers if they entered the home.
Several gun shots were heard coming from in the home. The suspect later came out of the home and wanted officers to shoot him - suicide by cop. During that time a less than lethal device was used on the male subject, the subject fled the home and led officers on a short foot pursuit and was apprehended after a short distance.
The suspect, a 37 year-old Milliken male was taken to the Medical Center of the Rockies for evaluations. He will be taken to the Weld North Jail Complex and booked on charges of Criminal Mischief, Domestic Violence and Felony Menacing. Further charges are pending at this point.
“A reverse 911 call was made to the residents in the vicinity and was later lifted as of 1230 pm once it was determined that the scene and the area was safe and secure. The incident ended as we wanted, no one was hurt. However, officers throughout the nation face situations where individuals would rather die by suicide by cop. That’s what officers were faced with today and I thank GOD the situation ended as it did and we weren’t dealing with the death of an officer and the individual involved.”
Chief of Police
Milliken Police Department