Suspect in 550 standoff charged

by Dalton Carver

Charges have been filed against a suspect involved in a law enforcement standoff situation on US 550 last week. Roger Joseph Bourget, a Ouray County resident, will have the opportunity to respond to the charges at a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. in Ouray.
According to 7th Judicial District Public Information Officer Sherry McKenzie, Bourget was officially charged Nov. 20 with second degree assault, causing injury with a deadly weapon; felony menacing with a real or simulated weapon; knowingly and recklessly causing child abuse, but causing no injury and harassment by striking, shoving or kicking. The charges are similar to what Bourget was booked into Montrose County Jail on last week.
Bourget was arrested Nov. 12 after a two-and-a-half hour standoff at his residence on US 550 north of Ouray. The situation involved a multi-agency response from the Ouray Police Department, Ouray County Sheriff’s Department, Ridgway Marshal’s Office and the joint SWAT team of Montrose County Sheriff’s Department and Montrose Police Department.
The situation began around 12:15 p.m. that Monday, when police officers, sheriff’s deputies and Ridgway Marshal Tammy Stroup responded to the residence on US 550 after dispatch informed them of a 911 call win which “a female in distress” could be heard.
According to Bourget’s arrest affidavit, the three officers approached a man near the residence who worked for Bourget and requested he call his employer. The man was quickly hung up on but provided law enforcement with Bourget’s contact information and left the scene.
Dispatch then informed the officers that the female at the residence said Bourget was carrying a weapon.
“We then quickly moved back out of the garage and took cover,” reported Derrick Linnell, a sheriff’s deputy, in the affidavit.
Following the retreat, Stroup contacted Bourget to request the release of the woman and their two six-year-old sons. The three exited the home shortly thereafter and were cared for by Ouray County Emergency Medical Services.
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