Monument man accused of assaulting police officer after standoff

Tyler Andrew Gonzalez / Monument Police Department
Tyler Andrew Gonzalez / Monument Police Department

MONUMENT, Colo. — A Monument man is facing multiple charges for assaulting a police officer after a standoff Wednesday afternoon, according to the police department.

Police said around 2:30 p.m., the officer and a Colorado State Patrol trooper went out to look for a car that had failed to stop for a trooper who tried to pull it over for minor traffic violations earlier that day. The officers identified the driver as 22-year-old Tyler Andrew Gonzales of Monument. Gonzalez had two warrants out for his arrest.

The officers found the car parked outside a home on Gypsom Canyon Court. They knocked on the door and talked to Gonzales, but he closed the door, refusing to come out, according to police. Police surrounded the house and talked to Gonzales on the phone, trying to get him to come out. During the negotiations, Gonzalez’ younger sister arrived home and went inside. The officer followed her.

When the officer stepped inside, he was attacked by Gonzales, who was hiding behind the front door, according to police. Gonzalez was wearing a tactical-style vest and holding what appeared to be a handgun. He threatened to kill the officer, according to police. A fight broke out and Gonzalez hit the officer several times in the head with the gun, according to police. During the fight, the front door came open and the officer fell out, hitting his head on the concrete. The door was closed behind him.

SWAT team members from several departments came to help. A negotiator from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office eventually negotiated a peaceful surrender. Gonzalez came out of the house and was arrested without further incident.

The officer was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

When police searched the home, they determined Gonzalez’ handgun was actually an airsoft gun, which shoots plastic pellets.

Gonzalez is charged with first-degree assault, menacing, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, and harassment, along with the two outstanding warrants.

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