Two Boulder schools were placed on lockout for several hours as armed SWAT officers surrounded a Euclid Avenue home Tuesday afternoon following a report that a gun-wielding and apparently intoxicated former police officer had broken into his girlfriend's home.
Following a three-hour standoff -- during which two different robots were sent into the house in the 3200 block of Euclid Avenue -- SWAT officers finally entered and apprehended David Scott Wilson, 41, of Henderson, identified by Boulder police as a former officer with the Commerce City Police Department.
Wilson was taken by ambulance to Boulder Community Hospital to be examined. Once he is released, police said he'll be arrested on charges of felony second-degree burglary, felony first-degree criminal trespass and misdemeanor harassment with a domestic violence enhancement.
According to Boulder police spokeswoman Laurie Ogden, a woman called 911 around 11 a.m. to report her boyfriend -- who was both intoxicated and armed -- had gotten into her house, apparently after breaking through a back door.
Officers sent a camera-equipped robot into the home and observed Wilson in the bedroom, sitting with a gun in his lap, according to police. Ogden said he appeared extremely drunk and did not move from his sitting position in the bedroom during the entire three-hour incident.
After trying to negotiate with him, officers sent in a second robot in to ensure Wilson was not holding the gun in his hand. Shortly thereafter, he surrendered to police.
During the incident, Euclid was closed between 30th and 34th streets.
High Peaks Elementary School and the Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies, which share a building at 3995 Aurora Ave., both where placed under lockout after being told of the situation just after 11:30 a.m., according to Boulder Valley School District officials.
Less restrictive than a lockdown, students continued their normal schedule within the building, while a staff member was stationed at the building's door to make sure no one went in or out during the lockout, officials said. The lockout was lifted shortly after Wilson was apprehended.
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