Man threatening to bomb Boulder hospital shot and killed
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) ” A man threatening to bomb a hospital was shot and killed by police after less lethal weapons failed to stop him, a Boulder police spokeswoman said.
Terrance Baughman, 32, was shot in the chest and died Monday after a four-hour standoff at the hospital. Baughman, who was in a wheelchair in a vestibule, claimed his oxygen tank had a detonator, but police later found no explosives in the bag he carried.
Police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said Baughman got up from the wheelchair and began walking toward the Boulder Community Hospital’s emergency room. Police tried to stop him because people were in that area.
Officers fired rubber bullets and bean bags at him to try to stop him.
“Neither one of those stopped him,” Huntley said Tuesday. “That is when an officer used a lethal round and fired from a sniper rifle.”
Baughman died about seven hours later after undergoing surgery at the hospital, police said.
He was a Boulder resident who had once been a patient at the hospital, but it wasn’t clear why he was there Monday.
“It was his movement that triggered the confrontation,” Huntley said of the decision to open fire.
Police used a robot to remove a red bag Baughman had carried. Huntley said an X-ray of the bag showed a canister, wires and duct tape that could have been an explosive device.
Officers took it to a nearby park and detonated it, but Huntley said Tuesday no detonator was found when investigators examined the remnants.
Police determined a second package found nearby was not a threat either.
Huntley said Cpl. Matt DeLaria of the University of Colorado Police Department fired the shot. DeLaria, a member of the Boulder Police Department’s SWAT team, has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is routine while officer-involved shootings are investigated.
The standoff started around 9 a.m. when Baughman, in a vestibule leading to the main lobby and the emergency room, said he had a detonator. The bomb squad and SWAT team officers responded.
Five emergency patients were moved to another part of the emergency room, and the 200-bed hospital was locked down.
Baughman was shot at about 1:15, Huntley said.
The lockdown was lifted Monday afternoon but the vestibule, the lobby and part of the emergency room remained closed while police investigated.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation records show Baughman had previous arrests on charges including assault, robbery and drug possession.
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