Man arrested after threatening suicide

— Steamboat Springs police arrested a 48-year-old man outside his home Sunday after he threatened to commit suicide with a handgun.

Officers arrived at the man's home on Logan Avenue around 4 p.m., after a relative of the man phoned authorities, Steamboat Springs Police Department Sergeant Rick Brown said.

The man was outside of the house carrying the handgun when officers arrived.

"He wasn't threatening anyone with the gun, just himself," officer Bill Stucker said, who responded to the call.

However, with the subject possessing a firearm in an open area, Stucker said there was a minor public threat.

The man had also allegedly been drinking.

"After a couple of minutes of things being tense, he put the gun down," Stucker said.

The man was taken into custody by officers without further incident.

He was arrested for illegally using a handgun. That charge was made after officers assessed that the man was legally drunk.

He was taken to the Routt County Jail, and was scheduled to receive a mental evaluation.

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