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(Wyo)-Denver Shooter Had Worried UW Officials 2 Months Earlier

By: John Axtell Posted at: 01/01/2018 11:58 PM
DENVER (AP) - Authorities say the gunman who died in a shootout with police after ambushing 5 law enforcement officers in a suburban Denver apartment early Sunday morning was an attorney and an Iraq war veteran who had posted videos online in recent months criticizing local law enforcement officials and professors at the University of Wyoming.

       37-year-old Matthew Riehl, a 2010 graduate of the UW College of Law was the subject of a warning to students two months ago. University spokesman Chad Baldwin says an email was sent during the investigation of social media posts in which Riehl mentioned the law school and some of its employees.

     Baldwin says the posts did not contain any direct threats, but security on the Laramie campus was increased for several days and the email, which included a photo of Riehl and his car, told students to notify campus police if they spotted either near campus.

      Campus Police Chief Mike Samp says his officers called police in Lone Tree, Colorado, in November to warn them about Riehl, suggesting his rants were indicative of mental illness, but Riehl was never held for mental evaluation.
      Riehl's mental condition drew a call to Denver area authorities several hours before the fatal confrontation from someone who said Riehl might be having a mental breakdown. Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies responded but found no evidence of a crime and left.

     Deputies returned hours later in response to a disturbance call, but when his roommate let 5 officers into the apartment, Riehl - who barricaded himself in his bedroom - opened fire on them. One deputy was killed and 3 others and a Castle Rock police officer were wounded in the initial volley. Riehl fired more than 100 rounds before he was killed by a SWAT team.

       One of the wounded deputies, 28-year old MIke Doyle, is a 2007 graduate of Scottsbluff High. He remains in stable condition in a Denver-area hospital.


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