Man shatters window at state Capitol |

Man shatters window at state Capitol

Steven K. Paulson
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado
Ed Andrieski/APAn unidentified man shouting threats was subdued and arrested by Colorado State Patrol troopers after he broke a window at the locked east entrance of the State Capitol on Monday.

DENVER ” A man shouting threats was subdued and arrested after shattering a window at the state Capitol on Monday, a witness and authorities said.

Authorities said the man did not appear to be armed. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

It was the second disruption at the Capitol in less than four months. In July, a state patrolman shot and killed a gunman outside Gov. Bill Ritter’s office after he displayed a weapon and said, “I am the emperor and I’m here to take over state government.”

The man arrested on Monday appeared to be carrying a soda bottle when he tried to enter a locked door on the east side of the Capitol, said Jeff Osenkowski, a construction worker who was at the building.

Osenkowski wasn’t sure if the man used the bottle to shatter a window in the door.

“He yelled, ‘I’m going to kill you.’ He was yelling about drugs. He pointed to me and said he was going to kill me,” Osenkowski said.

“He said people on drugs don’t feel pain. He was threatening to kill everybody,” Osenkowski said.

After Colorado State Patrol troopers subdued the man, he shouted, “Kill me, kill me, give me death now,” Osenkowski said.

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

Lance Clem, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, which oversees the patrol, said troopers were still piecing together what had happened.

It was not clear where the suspect was being held. Clem said no decision had been made on whether to seek charges.

Security was beefed up at the Capitol after Aaron Snyder, 32, was shot by a patrolman assigned to Ritter’s security detail on July 16.

No metal detectors were in place at the time and several doors were open to visitors. Afterward, all visitors were required to enter through a single entrance equipped with metal detectors and an X-ray machine for bags.

Last month, a legislative committee approved spending $855,000 for more troopers and security guards, two metal detectors, an X-ray machine and hand wands at the Capitol.

The plan was expected cost about $855,000 through the end of the current fiscal year in June.

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