Man with a gun forces evacuation of Chautauqua Park in Boulder

Boulder Police set up roadblock at Chautauqua Park

Boulder Police set up roadblock at Chautauqua Park

BOULDER, Colo. — Boulder police briefly evacuated a park along with the foothills Thursday night after receiving reports there was a man with a rifle along the trailhead.

Eyewitnesses told KWGN that park rangers escorted people out of Chautauqua Park around 7:45 p.m. and asked guests to leave as quickly as possible. Boulder County SWAT and several other law enforcement agencies cleared the park out of an abundance of caution.

A Boulder County Sheriff’s deputy was able to make contact with the distraught 19-year-old Denver man who was on the Bluebell Trail. The unidentified man walked out on his own without incident, and the park reopened around 8:30 p.m.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office said the man was taken to get care and he was cited for having a firearm on the City of Boulder open space.

There were no reports of injuries.

Reports say the man is active military and he apparently was suffering from mental health issues. He sent a text to his girlfriend and she alerted police to the situation.

1 Comment

  • Joe Public

    Being a legitimate hunter; I wonder how long it’ll be before I am in a national forest or blm area and inadvertently
    set off the alarm bells with someone unused to public display of firearms , new to Colorado ,like a lot are these days.
    Guy was obviously not in a legit area but people sure are becoming skittish and you can forget the young boys on the outskirts of town plinking with .22’s or bb guns responsibly like about 30 yrs ago. Now kids wantonly kill and a treasured right is becoming fodder for “progress” It seems. It seems a shame as a analogous dial indicator of our society. Citizens used to have responsibility and were trusted to keep that in public.

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