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Posted on: May 11, 2022

Standoff In Dillon Valley Ends with Sheriff's Deputies Taking Wanted Felon into Custody

Standoff In Dillon Valley Ends with Summit County Sheriff's Deputies Taking Wanted Felon into Custody



Date:  May 11, 2022                                     



SUMMIT COUNTY, CO – On May 10, 2022 Summit County Sheriff’s Deputies took Summit County resident Chris Staples (DOB 04/04/1984) into custody without incident, after he barricaded himself for approximately 6.5 hours in a Dillon Valley residence. Law enforcement had responded to the unit on a report of a burglary and domestic violence incident in progress. Staples ex-wife observed him through her security camera, using a lock pick to enter her residence. Staples was not seen on the camera leaving the home. Upon law enforcement arrival, Staples deactivated the cameras and internet. A perimeter was established and Dillon Valley Elementary School was placed on lock out to ensure the safety of the students due to the proximity of the incident. Attempts to call Staples on his phone went unanswered, and he refused to answer to commands from Deputies to exit the home. Staples was believed to be possibly armed. After school was released and students were safely out of the area, the building was partially evacuated. Deputies attempted to contact Mr. Staples again, without a response. Staples then drew the curtains, preventing Deputies from seeing inside the unit, at which point Deputies entered the unit and deployed a robot to locate Staples. Staples surrendered and he was taken into custody without incident. 

Sheriff Jaime Fitzsimons commented, “Unfortunately, high risk incidents like this are becoming more commonplace in our community. Training Deputies to appropriately respond and react to these type of quickly evolving incidents is vital in order to better protect all of our citizens”.

Staples was charged with Domestic Violence, Stalking, Second Degree Burglary, Criminal Mischief, Harassment, Theft (Felony), Computer Crime, Obstructing a Peace Officer, and Second Degree Criminal Tampering. Staples was also arrested on charges from a related incident from May 9, 2022, involving the same victim and location. 

This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.



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