State officials vague about threat to lawmakers

A spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol said Friday they were still trying to assess the credibility of threats Thursday against several Grand Junction lawmakers.

This, as authorities were vague on substance of the threats.

Staff with Rep. Ray Scott on Thursday requested the State Patrol send a trooper for Scott’s protection at a candidate forum hosted by the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, said State Patrol Sgt. Jeff Goodwin. Such requests are rare, while decisions of providing security ultimately go before Col. James Wolfinbarger, the agency’s chief, Goodwin said.

“We’ll consider requests on a case-by-case basis and if we have someone available, we’ll consider sending someone over,” he said.

Scott on Thursday night told a Sentinel reporter he wasn’t supposed to provide details, but said he and other legislators received threatening phone calls Thursday morning. Goodwin said he didn’t know the specific nature of the threats, or who else was threatened.

A uniformed trooper was observed standing in the back of the Art Center Thursday night, while Goodwin said the trooper was assigned to the Art Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The trooper was pulled from regular patrol duties, leaving one colleague on the roads of Mesa County to patrol over two hours, Goodwin said.

“The other trooper handled two property damage crashes during that time,” he said.


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