Weld Regional SWAT Team responds to weapons call in Ault, man arrested

Published on September 16, 2022

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What began as an early afternoon disturbance in progress call in Ault ended late Friday night with the Weld County Regional SWAT Team arresting one man for threatening to burn down a camping trailer while people were still inside.

Marshall Wayne Johnson, 40, of Ault, was taken into custody about 9:15 p.m. Friday after a more than six-hour standoff with Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputies and local law enforcement. He will soon be booked into the Weld County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, menacing and attempted first-degree arson, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor charges of harassment, third-degree criminal trespass and theft.

Deputies responded about 3 p.m. to the 21000 block of Colo. 14 after a resident called 911 to report Johnson was outside with a can of gasoline threatening to ignite a fifth wheel camper trailer with the caller and another person inside. The caller told dispatchers Johnson also threatened them with a hammer.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Johnson returned to his home, the main building on the rural property, and barricaded himself inside. Victims from the earlier incident feared Johnson might try to ignite his own home.

Out of an abundance of caution, deputies closed Colo. 14 between Weld County roads 43 and 47 to keep the public safe. Members of the Negotiations Unit responded and spoke with Johnson for several hours to convince to give himself up. The Weld County Regional SWAT Team also was activated and responded to the scene.

After several more hours of negotiating with deputies, Johnson surrendered at 9:15 p.m. without incident. No injuries were reported.

Anyone with any additional information about this incident is asked to call Det. Geyer at (970) 400-5392.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.