by Dalton Carver
A Ouray County resident was arrested Monday afternoon after a two and a half hour stand-off at a home on US 550. Roger Joseph Bourget was booked into Montrose County Jail after the incident.
Bourget was arrested on several charges, including second degree assault – causing injury with a deadly weapon; felony menacing with a real or simulated weapon; child abuse, neglect with injury as a second offense; child abuse, knowingly and recklessly with no injury; and harassment involving a strike, shove or kick.
The call came in around 12:15 p.m. Monday after a 911 call by a woman that lives at the residence. She dialed the number but didn’t respond when dispatch answered.
Dominic “Junior” Mattivi, Ouray County sheriff, said the sounds of yelling and screaming could be heard on the other end, prompting a response to the possible domestic incident.
After the sheriff and Ouray Police Department arrived on-scene, they received reports that Bourget was possibly carrying a gun. Responders backed out of the area immediately and called for assistance from the Ridgway Marshal’s Office and other members of the Ouray departments. Responders also received reports that the situation involved hostages, but the three other individuals inside were released quickly.
“At this point, I wouldn’t call them hostages. We thought they were, but they were able to come out, so it wasn’t really a hostage situation,” said Mattivi. “We were afraid it could’ve been and originally, we thought it was.”
Glenn Boyd, Ouray County Emergency Manager, confirmed the other residents of the home were released “pretty quickly” at Monday’s city council meeting.
“We want to get the word out so there are no rumors of what really happened,” he said during the meeting, where he serves as a council member. “Kudos to all our law enforcement. This could have gone really bad, but it turned out to be an event where no one was hurt.”
Although it turned out not to be a hostage situation, Mattivi said the woman at the residence was...