Colorado to boost Capitol security |

Colorado to boost Capitol security

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” State lawmakers have approved spending about $500,000 for added security at the Capitol in response to last year’s fatal shooting of an armed man outside the governor’s office.

It pays for two metal detecters and seven additional state troopers for the first half of this year. The bill now heads to the governor’s office for approval.

Security was stepped up last summer after an armed man was shot and killed by a state trooper outside Gov. Bill Ritter’s office. Authorities said Aaron Snyder, 32, was shot after declaring he was “the emperor,” showing a gun and refusing orders to back down.

The decision to add the security was made before lawmakers returned for this year’s session and much of the money has already been spent. However, lawmakers must still decide whether they want to continue it.

About $800,000 has been proposed for Capitol security in next year’s budget.

Republican Sen. Greg Brophy of Wray objected to spending the money, saying the Capitol would be better protected if troopers patrolled the building rather than screen visitors with the metal detecters.

Democratic Sen. Moe Keller of Wheat Ridge said she likes having extra officers but has mixed feelings about the detectors. She said they may be the “price we pay” for living in today’s world.