Shaun Tobelmann allegedly went from punching girlfriend to causing 12th and Grant standoff

On a snowy morning last week, a significant slice of downtown Denver was shut down as a result of a gunfire-filled standoff near 12th and Grant; our original coverage is on view below.

Shaun Tobelmann, 34, has now been formally accused in the incident, and there are charges aplenty, including eleven for attempted first-degree murder. The reason for so many allegations is spelled out in probable cause statement shared belong along with photos and video.

Early on the 21st, according to the document, officers received a 911 call from an unnamed woman described as the "intimate live-in girlfriend" of Tobelmann. She said that in the midst of an argument at their apartment, located at 1196 Grant Street,, he had broken her cell phone, damaged her jewelry, pushed her and punched her in the face, bloodying her nose.

She added that Tobelmann had been drinking and had threatened to kill himself. His whereabouts at the time of the call -- the bedroom, where he was armed with at least one gun. And she made it clear to the dispatcher that this weapon might not be the only one at his disposal.

Cops arrived around 2:09 a.m., then headed to the apartment. As an officer was trying to make contact with Tobelmann through the door, he heard a gunshot inside. That prompted the personnel on scene to set up a containment perimeter as they continued their attempts to communicate with Tobelmann -- a conversation that was punctuated by numerous additional shots.

These bangs and booms brought out even more cops, at whom Tobelmann randomly fired. One line of the statement puts the situation bluntly: "During this event, Tobelmann attempted to murder eight uniformed Denver Police Officers."

Based on the subsequent charges, the math apparently changed, but the danger comes across clearly. For instance, the statement describes three officers taking up positions in a parking lot across Grant, where they could see Tobelmann "taking aimed, directed-fire shots with a long gun" at them. The report continues, "They heard bullets fly past them at close distance and rounds were impacting their immediate vicinity. The officers were in fear for their lives."

One attempt to force surrender involved a trio of SWAT officers entering the fifth floor hallway of the apartment building, with one of them firing "a 40 mm, less-than lethal round through the balcony window" as his partners provided cover. Tobelmann allegedly responded by firing through a window at the officers using a shotgun. The cops were sprayed with pellets and glass fragments, with one being struck in the face and another getting hit in the upper arm.

Tobelmann is also said to have fired his shotgun through his apartment door, spraying another three cops with pellets, fragments and debris.

It took until 6:02 a.m. for police to successfully take Tobelmann into custody. Afterward, they discovered his arsenal: two handguns, a shotgun and a duffel bag full of ammo.

The official charges leveled against him by the Denver District Attorney's Office? Eleven counts of attempted first-degree murder, a like number related to first-degree assault, and one count each of third-degree assault and failure to leave premises upon request by a peace officer. He was scheduled to make his first court appearance this morning, after his bond was set at $100,000.

Look below to see a CBS4 report, followed by Tobelmann's latest mug shot, a previous booking photo, and the probable cause statement. After that, you'll find our previous coverage, complete with a Twitter chronology of events from the DPD.

Shaun Tobelmann Arrest Affidavit

Continue for our original coverage of the 12th and Grant standoff, including photos and video.
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