Domestic dispute leads to standoff


A Moffat County man fired a gunshot into his ceiling and barricaded himself in his bedroom for 90 minutes late Wednesday night, sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

Deputies say David Joseph Dodge, 48, pointed a gun at his family and refused to come out of his room during a domestic dispute shortly before midnight Wednesday.

Sheriff's deputies and Craig police officers responded to a domestic dispute at a home near Moffat County Road 7 and Moffat County Road 183, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Sgt. Rick Holford said Dodge's wife called 911 because Dodge, who was heavily intoxicated, pointed a handgun at her during an argument.

When deputies arrived, they surrounded the house, and Dodge's wife, daughter and two grandchildren, ages 1 and 4, came out, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Dodge barricaded himself in his bedroom and refused to come out, according to the statement.

Deputies stood on a patio and talked to Dodge for 90 minutes before he came out, Holford said.

Dodge fired a gunshot into his ceiling while deputies tried to talk him into coming out of the house, Holford said.

"He didn't like us being there," he said.

Dodge demanded to talk to his wife during the standoff, according to the statement.

At about 1:30 a.m., Dodge walked out of the bedroom with his hands up, and deputies arrested him, Holford said.

Inside the bedroom where Dodge was barricaded, deputies said they found a 9 mm handgun.

Dodge is charged with third-degree assault, felony menacing, two counts of child abuse and reckless endangerment.

Holford said the investigation is ongoing.

Dodge was booked into Moffat County Jail on Thursday morning. By Thursday evening, he had posted $2,000 bail and was released.

Dodge is due in Moffat County Court on April 4.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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