Wanted man taken into custody by Mesa County SWAT
|Matthew Bratcher, 23|
While searching the home deputies observed an empty holster for a handgun in plain view and found Matthew had barricaded himself inside the bathroom, which prompted a SWAT response. As Bratcher has a recent history of fleeing from deputies, Chatfield Elementary was placed on lockdown and students at other schools were held at their schools for those whose bus stops were near Torreys Peak.
At about 4:00 p.m., after repeated attempts by deputies to communicate with Bratcher were met with no response, gas was deployed into the residence. Within minutes, Matthew came out of the house, gave up and he was taken into custody without resistance and without anyone being injured.