Intruder Arrested After Firing Shots in Colorado Supreme Court Building

( – On Jan. 2, a man was arrested after breaking into the Colorado Supreme Court and firing shots following a car crash.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the incident started after a crash at 13th and Lincoln streets at about 1:15 a.m. Jan 2, where the man reportedly pointed a handgun at another driver. The man then shot a window at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center, where the Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Court of Appeals and several other courtrooms are located. He held an unarmed security guard at gunpoint, taking a key that allowed him to enter the rest of the building. He then headed to the seventh floor of the building, where he allegedly fired additional shots and started a fire in the stairwell, which the Denver Fire Department extinguished.

The suspect, Brandon Olsen, 44, called 911 around 3 a.m. to voluntarily surrender to police. There were no injuries reported during the incident. Olsen was charged with robbery, burglary and arson. Court records show he has been arrested several times over the last decade, including for misdemeanor theft and drug-related charges.

According to authorities, the incident is not related to the 4-3 ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court Justices that banned former President Donald Trump from the ballot under the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban.” Since their December ruling, the Justices have received threats, resulting in the Colorado State Patrol increasing security for the Justices.

In an interview with The Denver Post, his ex-wife Tori Schumacher claimed he “had a mental breakdown” after she told him in a phone call on New Year’s Eve that he could not see their children. Schumacher, who divorced Olsen over a decade ago, said because of his alleged drug addiction and mental health issues, she had not spoken to him in several years. She added that he claimed to be driving from Arizona to Colorado to see their children.

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