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Heavily Armed Man Found Dead In Colorado Amusement Park

The Garfield County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office said that a heavily armed man, who “could have implemented an attack of devastating proportions,” was found dead inside Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on Saturday, Scripps News reports. Diego Barajas Medina, 22, killed himself rather than carry out an apparent plan to shoot up the park. His body was discovered in a bathroom next to words scrawled on the wall, “I am not a killer," the Associated Press reports. Medina drove a vehicle up to the area of the park, located on a mountain above Glenwood Springs and illegally entered the park after hours. Authorities said he was dressed in black-colored tactical clothing, bearing patches and emblems that gave the appearance of being associated with law enforcement. He was reportedly wearing body armor and what appeared to be a ballistic helmet.

The suspect was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and semi-automatic handgun and loaded magazines for both weapons. Investigators discovered multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the suspect and inside his vehicle. “While this investigation is still ongoing and very active it is important to realize that given the amount of weaponry, ammunition, and explosive devices found, the suspect could have implemented an attack of devastating proportions upon our community and first responders,” the Sheriff’s Office says. The amusement park was searched to ensure no other IEDs had been planted on rides or other areas of the park. The investigation has so far indicated that the public was notat risk. So far, the investigation has been carried out in a methodical manner to search the property, as well as the suspect’s residence to ensure the safety of the public, the Sheriff’s Office says.


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