Suspect identified in standoff that spurred evacuation of South Jeffco neighborhood

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Man in custody reportedly was threatening himself and others

By Ramsey Scott

The Jeffco Sheriff's Office took a man into custody Wednesday evening after a neighborhood was evacuated following reports of a gas leak and that a despondent resident was making threats against himself and others.

Michael Paul Pyle, 34, was staying with his mother at a residence in the 12000 block of West Temple Drive in South Jeffco. Pyle's mother returned home and said she smelled natural gas, and Pyle began to make what seemed like threats against himself and others, reports indicate.

Pyle allegedly kept his mother in the house at first but eventually let her leave, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the neighborhood southeast of West Quincy Avenue and South Simms Street about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday. Deputies also detected an odor of natural gas, and 746 homes in the area were evacuated.

The gas supply in the area was shut off, with temperatures hovering near zero.

Pyle eventually gave himself up to deputies after numerous phone calls. Area residents were allowed to return home about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Pyle was being held on $200,000 bond in the Jefferson County jail and faces charges of false imprisonment, violation of bond conditions, and obstruction of telephone service.