(DC) – Police shot and killed a machete-wielding suspect inside the Champions Center at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field this morning after they say the man refused to drop his weapon.
Campus police, at a morning news conference following the officer-involved shooting, said they did not know the man’s motive for entering the athletics center with a weapon.
A source close to the investigation told the Daily Camera that the suspect was a white male who appeared to be a “religious zealot of some kind” and who had been overheard talking about “looking for sinners” and referencing the commandments.
Emergency responders were alerted around 9:15 a.m. that a man with a machete had entered the Champions Center, the newly expanded athletics and sports-medicine facility west of Folsom Street on Stadium Drive on CU’s Boulder campus.
Police said the incident began with some kind of altercation in the parking area outside, during which “one of the people involved did brandish a sharp weapon and was menacing with it,” CU police spokesman Scott Pribble said during a morning news conference. “At some point, he went inside.”
The source told the Camera that the suspect had written some apparently religious messages on cars in the parking lot and was talking about commandments inside the building.
Officers from the CU and Boulder police departments responded to the Champions Center and confronted the suspect.
“We just know that he was directed to put the weapon down and refused, and it was at that time, for public safety, that we believe the shots were fired,” Pribble said.