Aurora Police use a dog to arrest a man wanted for violating the “red flag” law

Pictured: Christopher Gott. Photo provided by the Aurora Police Department.

AURORA | Arapahoe County prosecutors are preparing a criminal complaint against a 34-year-old Aurora man who is accused of violating a recent extreme risk protection order, firing a gun at his neighbor’s house, and police crisis communicators during a prolonged period Stalemate in the Del. Ignoring the city for several hours in the Mar Parkway neighborhood October 10th.

In a series of tweets posted on October 11th, Aurora police announced the arrest of Christopher Gott, who is alleged to have violated a “red flag” petition field against him in late September.

Court records show that one of God’s family members successfully petitioned a court on September 27 for a temporary protection from extreme risk order prohibiting him from having access to firearms for two weeks. He was charged with violating the three days later an arrest warrant was issued against him.

It is unclear what sparked the allegation that God violated the order, according to Agent Matt Longshore, Aurora Police Department spokesman.

“Obviously something different happened between the delivery of this ERPO and the receipt of an arrest warrant,” he said.

The local police’s interaction with God escalated on the morning of October 10th when his neighbor found bullet holes in their home on the 1300 block on north Geneva Street and accused God of shooting the building.

Crisis communicators tried to convince God to surrender to the police for much of Sunday morning until SWAT arrived in the area around 1:30 p.m., Longshore said.

Later that afternoon, God showed up armed with a gun and in a bulletproof vest in the back yard of his home, police said in a tweet. At one point during the stalemate, investigators said he fired a gun at his home in Aurora.

Officials temporarily evacuated several residents from around Gott’s home.

After the police tried unsuccessfully to disorient or distract God with a lightning grenade, the police used a dog to disarm and arrest him at around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. He was briefly treated for injuries at a local hospital but was admitted to the city jail a short time later, Longshore said.

He has since been transferred to Arapahoe County Jail, records show. He is currently detained there instead of on a $ 200,000 cash or bond deposit while awaiting his next trial on October 15.

The police crisis response team, which uses both officers and psychiatrists to try to connect residents to health care resources, has interacted with God several times over the past month, but the number of interactions was unclear until Monday night, Longshore said. God also called the Aurora police several times over the past month.

God has been charged with several minor crimes across the Front Range over the past decade, primarily traffic-related, records show.

The risk protection injunction filed against God was one of only a handful of such petitions filed in the Aurora region since the law went into effect in January 2020.

According to the judicial authority, only three temporary orders and four extreme orders were issued between January 1, 2020 and July 15 this year in Arapahoe County, which covers most of Aurora. Adams County has only registered one of each contract mark, and Douglas County – which touches a fraction of southeastern Aurora – has tabulated five temporary contracts and eight long-term mandates.

According to a recent report from the Attorney General’s Office, in 2020 judges nationwide issued a total of 66 interim orders and 49 extreme risk orders that deprive a person of their weapons for up to 364 days unless a court intervenes.

The numbers rose slightly in the first seven months of 2021, with a further 27 injunctions and 33 one-year edicts issued by July 15 this year, according to data the state Justice Department made available via an open file request.

Adoption across the state has been sporadic, with figures showing that fewer than half of the state’s 64 counties have at least one temporary order and only about a third of the counties report extreme order.


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