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Ignacio standoff ends peacefully

JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald

Southern Ute Indian police place Gabriel Peabody into custody Thursday evening after a seven-hour standoff while inside his Cedar Point Ute West home.

By Shane Benjamin Herald staff writer

An Ignacio man was arrested Thursday night after a seven-hour standoff with the Southern Ute Indian police department.

The incident began about noon Thursday at 151 Mountain Dew Drive in the Cedar Point Ute West subdivision near Ignacio. It didn’t end until about 7 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the tribe did not provide details about the incident as of 5 p.m. Friday.

The suspect’s mother, Joycelyn Dutchie, said her son, Gabriel Peabody, scuffled with a service repairman who was at the house. Peabody was intoxicated and was in possession of pellet guns, she said.

Police were called, but Peabody refused to exit the house, Dutchie said.

She faulted police for refusing to allow her to walk up to the house to talk with her son or use the loudspeaker.

“They went overboard,” she said. “Yes, I know it was a safety issue, but we as family were not considered to go and negotiate with him.”

Police turned off the power and gas to the house. He was unresponsive to police who used loudspeakers to try to coax him out.

Dutchie suspects her son may have been passed out inside.

After about seven hours, Peabody peeked out the front door, and police grabbed him and took him into custody, she said.

“He was intoxicated, that’s all,” she said.


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