(Colo)-Colorado Shooter Bought 11 Guns In Wyoming
DENVER - More facts keep coming out about 37-year old Matthew Riehl, the Iraq War Army medic and former Wyoming attorney who killed a Colorado sheriff's deputy before being shot and killed himself Sunday in a Denver suburb.
KDVR-TV in Denver says police records in Laramie, where Riehl had attended the University of Wyoming College of Law, show he purchased 11 guns from a Laramie store between 2010 and 2013. Store owner David Smith told police Riehl passed the required background checks at the time.
It's not known yet whether any of those guns were used in the Sunday shootout because Colorado authorities have not said what kind of weapon was used.
Riehl was a standout student in law school and a solid soldier, but police and Veterans Affairs records suggest his life was marked by episodes of mental illness.
Riehl graduated law school in Wyoming in 2011 and was honorably discharged from the military a year later, but within another 2 years was hospitalized at a VA psychiatric ward in Sheridan, Wyo, and at one point was placed on a 72-hour mental health hold.
He also drew the attention of University of Wyoming police in 2017 for social media threats, prompting them to contact police in Colorado, where Riehl had moved. Family members repeatedly told police they worried about Riehl's mental health.
Among the 4 law enforcement officers who were wounded but survived was a Scottsbluff native now a Douglas County Sheriff's deputy. Michael Doyle, a 2007 graduate of Scottsbluff High School, was discharged from a Denver-area hospital on Tuesday.
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