Man Breaks Into Colorado Supreme Court and Opens Fire

Man Breaks Into Colorado Supreme Court and Opens Fire

A man was arrested early Tuesday morning after police say he broke into the Colorado Supreme Court building just after midnight, fired several shots and set a fire in a stairwell.

The crimes were not believed to be related to the court’s recent majority decision to exclude former President Donald Trump from the state’s upcoming primary ballot.

In any event, the fire caused damage that was extensive.

Denver’s KMGH-TV reported that at approximately 1:11 a.m. on Tuesday morning, a 9-1-1 call was placed about a car crash in the city’s downtown district just one block south of the state Capitol and just a few feet from the state’s Supreme Court building.

Per the report, one vehicle collided with another.

A man from the second vehicle reportedly exited the car, retrieved a handgun from the backseat and ran.

“Soon after, that same individual shot out a window on the east side of the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center,” police said.

After he allegedly fired a shot into the building, police said he broke in and held an unarmed security guard at gunpoint.

KMGH identified the suspect as Brandon Olsen, 44.

Per police, after Olsen entered the building on the first floor, he allegedly eventually made his way up to the building’s seventh floor after forcefully taking the guard’s building keys.

Olsen allegedly fired multiple shots while inside the building before police said he started a fire in one of the building’s stairwells.

Police were able to communicate with the suspect, and he surrendered at around 3 a.m. without further incident.

No one was injured, but the damage to the building from the fire was said to have been “significant and extensive.”

Olsen is currently in jail and is expected to be charged with robbery, burglary and arson.

Matt Sebastian with The Denver Post obtained a copy of a number of statements Olsen made to police after his arrest, but all of them were redacted:

The Denver Police Department and state police acknowledged the state’s Supreme Court ruling regarding Trump and the ballot in a joint statement but said they do not believe Tuesday’s incident was related.

“DPD and the Colorado State Patrol are treating this incident seriously, but at this time, do not believe this to be associated with previous threats to the Colorado Supreme Court Justices,” the agencies said in a statement.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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