Officers of the Delta Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff's Office force Justin Ritter out of the apartment with the use of tear gas.

Staff report

Neither breaking down the door nor using a police K-9 encouraged a suspect to come out of the Delta apartment where he had barricaded himself Friday afternoon, officers on scene said.

Justin Ritter was arrested after the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called in and shot teargas into the apartment.

According to a Delta Police Department news release, officers first responded at 10:13 a.m., on reports of a man pointing a gun at two people whom he knew and with whom police said he had “an ongoing struggle.” According to Delta Police Cmdr. Jesse Cox, Ritter had a dispute with an ex-girlfriend, with whom he shares a child.

After a brief exchange, he fled and locked himself in an apartment at 240 Meeker St., police said.

Officers attempted to call Ritter out of the unit, but no one responded.

Police then breeched the front door and called out to Ritter, but he did not emerge and the DPD then called in the department K-9, before requesting assistance from Mesa County.

Ritter surrendered within moments of teargas being deployed. He was jailed on outstanding warrants and faces additional charges from Friday’s incident.

The DPD thanked the community for its patience during the day-long operation. The department also thanked the Mesa County SWAT team.

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