Authorities found a heavily armed man deceased inside a popular Colorado amusement park Saturday morning before opening to the public.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office noted that Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park staff notified authorities of the 22-year-old’s body discovered inside the park.
“Authorities said the man apparently broke into the park while it was closed, adding he was armed with an AR-style rifle, a handgun and explosives,” Fox News reports.
Authorities believe the man killed himself before carrying out his plan.
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Authorities have found a 22-year-old man dead dressed in black-colored tactical clothing, bearing patches, dead at an amusement park called Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The man was heavily armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, and he had multiple loaded magazines for both weapons. He was wearing body armor and what appeared to be a ballistic helmet. Additionally, multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were discovered with the man and in a vehicle. The investigation is still ongoing and very active. given the amount of weapons, ammunition, and explosive devices found, the suspect could have implemented an attack, according to officials.
Sheriff Lou Vallario said they found a message on a wall near the man’s body that read, “I am not a killer, I just want to get into the caves.”
Fox News reports:
The man was also wearing tactical clothing and body armor.
Sheriff Lou Vallario said a message was found written on the wall of the women’s bathroom where the man was found, which read, “I am not a killer, I just want to get into the caves.”
The sheriff could not verify whether the man who was found dead wrote the message.
Investigators searched the man’s vehicle and reportedly found explosive devices, though when the rest of the park was searched, no other explosives were found.
“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,” Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Walt Stowe said.
The sheriff’s office said the man was local to the area. He was also found to be in possession of extra loaded magazines for each of the two weapons he had when he was found dead.
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“Authorities on Monday evening identified the man as Diego Barajas Medina,” USA Today noted.
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From USA Today:
Walt Stowe, a spokesperson for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office told USA TODAY Medina’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide.
“There is no danger to the community as of right now,” Stowe said Monday.
The agency did not release how Medina died but, according to a press release, said his death did not involve any of the rides and he was not authorized to be inside the park.
According to a preliminary investigation, police wrote in a news release Monday, Medina, from the Carbondale area, was found dead dressed in black tactical clothing “bearing patches and emblems that gave the appearance of being associated with law enforcement.”
He was armed with a semi-automatic rifle, a semi-automatic handgun and multiple loaded magazines for both weapons, the release continues. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said during a Monday afternoon press conference that both weapons are believed by to be “ghost guns.”
Medina wore body armor and what appeared to be a ballistic helmet. Additional multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDS) were discovered with Medina and a vehicle associated with him, found at the park. Vallario noted during the press conference that some of what appeared to be explosive devices were fake.
A bomb squad responded to the park and “we able to render the devices safe,” the release continues.
The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office posted this press release on Facebook: