The death of a man who held off law enforcement for 16 hours Tuesday outside Cortez has been ruled a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Charlie Rosenbaugh, the Montezuma County coroner, issued a news release Wednesday evening that said Joseph Krajnik, 53, had shot himself in the chest. No other wounds were found on the body. Rosenbaugh made his finding after an autopsy was performed at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
The Montezuma County's Sheriff's Office identified Krajnik as a suspect in a robbery of Mac's Liquor Store north of Cortez, which occurred at about 6 p.m. Monday. When deputies obtained a warrant to arrest Krajnik three hours later, they went to his home to serve it, and he refused to surrender.
Multiple law-enforcement agencies responded to the standoff, which included a short episode of gunfire in the early-morning hours. One Montezuma County deputy suffered a minor wound in his arm.
Krajnik's body was found mid-morning Tuesday after robot belonging to the Farmington bomb squad entered the house with a telephone.
When he did not answer the ringing, the robot moved through the house and discovered the body.
Rosenbaugh and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are continuing to investigate the incident.