An Evans man is facing up to 12 years in prison following an incident earlier this month, in which he threatened police officers with a sword. 

At 10:30 p.m. on July 11, Evans police responded to a truck stop in the 600 block of 31st Street after getting a report of a man with a sword. While on their way, police received information that the man had taken the katana out of its sheath and was now by the gas pumps.

When officers arrived on scene, they found the sword holder, who has been identified as 35-year-old Kyle Gunn, standing in the front doors of the store. Officers were familiar with the suspect from prior run-ins, and were aware that he usually carried a katana. Gunn did not obey commands to drop the sword, but rather, took a fighting stance, and told officers to stay away from him. The suspect then bolted through the parking lot, heading towards a field. Before disappearing into the brush, Gunn raised the sword into the air, aggressively growled at law enforcement, and then dropped the weapon.

A K9 unit was dispatched to the scene to assist with the foot chase. Gunn was ultimately located and taken into custody by Greeley Police Officers at 1:50 a.m. on July 12. They found him in the 200 block of 30th Street.

Photo: Weld County Sheriff's Office

Gunn is scheduled to appear at 3:30 p.m. on August 13 for a preliminary hearing in Weld District Court. His charges include first-degree assault for threatening a peace officer with a weapon, and menacing, which are both felonies. In addition, he faces one misdemeanor count of obstructing a peace officer. He remains in jail on a $10,000 bond.