A Woody Creek man who allegedly fired two guns outside his home and then threatened to kill sheriff’s deputies and himself Wednesday night surrendered peacefully and faces two misdemeanors, including reckless endangerment.
Robert Doane, 54, had “some sort of trouble” at the Woody Creek Tavern on Wednesday afternoon, said Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo.
Doane had apparently been drinking, but DiSalvo said he didn’t know if tavern staff had refused to serve him.
Doane allegedly responded by firing 15 shots with .357 and 9mm handguns outside his home near the tavern; one round entered a neighboring residence that was unoccupied, a sheriff’s office press release says.
Doane then retreated inside his home and refused to either exit or communicate with deputies. An Eagle man described by DiSalvo as the owner of the home and Doane’s best friend called Doane. The man relayed to deputies Doane’s alleged threat to shoot them and then himself if they entered.
So deputies then told Doane that they were leaving and then set up a perimeter while keeping themselves concealed.
“He thought we had left completely,” DiSalvo said.
They waited for the friend to drive over from Eagle and enter the home to speak with Doane.
Seven hours after police were first called, Doane left the residence unarmed, surrendered and was arrested without incident.
DiSalvo said deputies were prepared for anything in what he described as a “dangerous and unpredictable” situation.
“We let the guy have his space and ended it peacefully,” he said. “Patience resulted in a peaceful outcome.”
DiSalvo said he was proud of his deputies, noting that Doane’s arrest was not at gunpoint.
Doane, who is also charged with prohibited use of a weapon, declined to speak about the incident Thursday.