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Publish Date: 3/27/2005

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Longmont resident Joshua Deibert, 23, sits in a Longmont police cruiser after being detained on suspicion of reckless endangerment at 1208 Carolina Ave. on Saturday night.Times-Call/Joshua Buck

Police surround home after Longmont man shoots TV


LONGMONT — Officers shut down several streets in central Longmont on Saturday night and surrounded a house after a man fired five or six shots at his television set, frightening his neighbors, according to police.

Police blocked off the area around 1208 Carolina Ave. after several neighbors called 911 around 7:19 p.m. saying they heard someone fire shots inside the house, according to Longmont Sgt. Paul Campbell.

Officers moved in on the home and shouted commands to the people inside using a bullhorn.

“We need to speak to you,” an officer said over the bullhorn, his voice echoing through the neighborhood. “Please come to the door.”

Campbell said he nearly called the Longmont SWAT Team to help with the situation, but a man — Joshua Deibert, 23 — and his wife came out of the house the sixth time police ordered to them to surrender.

Deibert admitted to firing a gun at the TV and police arrested him on suspicion of reckless endangerment, felony menacing, criminal mischief and assault, Campbell said.

Officers found a pistol in the side yard and a shotgun in a locked cabinet inside the home, Campbell said. Police are not sure which weapon Deibert used to destroy the TV.

Though Deibert faces an assault charge, he did not injure his wife, Campbell said. The woman, who police did not identify, shouted at police after they took Deibert away in a patrol car, but ultimately allowed investigators to search the home, Campbell said.

Two children who live at the house were not home during the incident, he said.

Several neighbors who did not give their names who lived a few houses away made light of the situation after the man was arrested.

One woman sighed when she heard about the TV shooting.

“I wish I were surprised,” she said.

Another neighbor joked that the suspect must have been “upset with network TV.”

Sgt. Campbell commended the neighbors who called police after hearing gunshots.

“It may have prevented a further tragedy,” he said.

Brad Turner can be reached at 720-494-5420, or by e-mail at bturner@times-call.com.

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