Man Arrested at Colorado Capitol on Suspicion of Criminal Mischief

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) A man arrested after punching a window at the State Capitol is being held on suspicion of criminal mischief.

Authorities say 28-year-old Derrick Shumate was not armed. There were no reports of injuries.

Construction worker Jeff Osenkowski was at the Capitol and says Shumate appeared to be carrying a soda bottle when he tried to enter the building through a locked door.

Osenkowski quoted him as saying “I'm going to kill you.” He said the man was yelling about drugs, and that people on drugs don't feel pain.

He says the suspect then threatened to kill everybody.

The State Patrol says Shumate put up his hands and lay down on the ground after a trooper approached him.

Osenkowski says that after troopers subdued the man, he shouted at them to kill him.

Shumate is being held on $750 bail.

In July, state troopers shot and killed an armed man outside Governor Ritter's office.

Authorities said 32-year-old Aaron Snyder had gone to the office and declared that he was the “emperor,” and was there to take over state government.

Ritter's security detail escorted Snyder into the hallway.

Investigators said Snyder then pulled back his coat to reveal a loaded .357 Smith and Wesson.

Authorities said he then moved toward a state trooper, ignoring two warnings to stop.

He was shot twice in the chest and once in the head

The patrol provides security for the governor and the State
Capitol.


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