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.