Colorado man charged after making threats to Tenn. Capitol, shooting CO deputies

Posted at 12:01 PM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 23:09:18-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — A report of a suspicious package, which had been left in front of the state office building in downtown Nashville, prompted a response from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Friday morning.

THP said dispatch received a call from a person saying someone told them a bomb was going to go off around the Tennessee State Capitol. Troopers arrived and found a 2’x2’ wooden box against the outside wall of the John Sevier Building.

At that time, THP said it was determined that the box was not an explosive device. The wooden box had been placed over an electrical ground fault by a contractor who is working on the John Sevier building.

The scene was cleared without incident.

However, later that night, police said the person responsible for making those threats of setting off a bomb at the Capitol was involved in a shootout with Colorado deputies, according to Pueblo County Sheriff's officials.

Deputies responded to the man's home, but he opened fire on them. Two of them were shot - one in the head and one in the shoulder but both are expected to recover.

Deputies were eventually able to take the man into custody.

The report of the box at the Capitol was made one week after the Christmas Day bombing sent shockwaves through downtown Nashville. Since then, at least 10 buildings along 2nd Avenue have been deemed unsafe.