Man shouting threats arrested at Capitol
November 5, 2007
DENVER ” A man shouting death threats was subdued and arrested after shattering a window at the State Capitol on Monday, a witness and authorities said, four months after the State Patrol shot and killed a gunman in the building.
The man arrested Monday did not appear to be armed and there were no reports of injuries.
Jeff Osenkowski, a construction worker who was at the Capitol, said the man appeared to be carrying a soda bottle when he tried to enter a locked door on the east side of 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.
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After state troopers subdued the man, he shouted, “Kill me, kill me, give me death now,” Osenkowski said.
In the July incident, 32-year-old Aaron Snyder was shot by a patrolman assigned to Gov. Bill Ritter’s security detail after Snyder showed a weapon and said, “I am the emperor and I’m here to take over state government.”
Snyder first went to an outer room of Ritter’s offices in the Capitol, but the security detail escorted him back into a hallway, where the confrontation took place. Authorities said Snyder had refused the patrolman’s orders to back down.
No metal detectors were in place at the Capitol at the time, and several doors were open to visitors.
Since then, however, all visitors have been 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 security at the Capitol through the end of the current fiscal year in June.
The measures include additional troopers and security guards, the metal detectors and X-ray machine and hand wands.