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A slain deputy. A political brawl. A school shooting: How Sheriff Tony Spurlock is handling years of turmoil

CASTLE ROCK — Sheriff Tony Spurlock is digging into a plate of enchiladas, trying to make sense of the wave of tragedies that rolled through his office in the past three years, when a worker at a Mexican restaurant recognizes him.  “I don’t see you that much,” the man says, “except bad news on the […]

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Will Colorado follow other states in enacting a gun-storage law after the STEM School shooting? Those conversations are happening

Democrats in the Colorado legislature are looking at ways to tighten the state’s laws around gun storage and child access, conversations that began before the deadly STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting and have since heightened. “The end goal is that someone who shouldn’t have access to a firearm can’t access it,” said Senate Majority Leader […]

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“There wasn’t a whole lot that was going through my mind”: Teen called mom while subduing Highlands Ranch school shooter

By Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press LITTLETON — A student who helped thwart a shooting at a suburban Denver high school says he was still pinning one of the attackers down when he decided to call one of the most important people in his life — his mother. Joshua Jones, an 18-year-old senior at STEM […]

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Six big takeaways from The Colorado Sun’s forum with Gov. Jared Polis and top state lawmakers

Gov. Jared Polis and four top state lawmakers gathered at a forum hosted by The Colorado Sun on Monday evening to talk about the 2019 legislative session. But they also dove into current events, including last week’s deadly shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch and the resignation Sunday of state Rep. Rochelle Galindo. The […]

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Jared Polis is learning early on about one of the hardest parts of being governor: serving as the state’s chief mourner

Gov. Jared Polis was in his office finishing up an interview with a local radio station last week when news out of Highlands Ranch broke: there had been a school shooting. That set in motion a series of decisions for Colorado’s new chief executive. Should he head to the scene and risk getting in the […]

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Hero students like Kendrick Castillo highlight a shift in guidance on how to respond to a school shooting

By Carolyn Thompson and Michael Melia, The Associated Press BALTIMORE — The actions of students who died tackling gunmen at two U.S. campuses a week apart have been hailed as heroic. At a growing number of schools around the country, they also reflect guidance to students, at least in some situations, to do what they […]

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Anonymous complaint alleged issues at STEM School months before deadly shooting. Officials say it was uncorroborated.

An anonymous complaint nearly five months before a deadly shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch alleged that a “high-pressure environment” made it susceptible to an attack like the ones that happened at Columbine and Arapahoe high schools. The complaint, which came in a phone call to Douglas County School District Board of Education Director […]

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Colorado congressman wants to close gap in interstate gun sales law that allowed Florida teen quick access to shotgun

Colorado U.S. Rep. Jason Crow has introduced a bill in Congress aiming to standardize federal law surrounding gun sales to out-of-state residents in response to a case that prompted the closure of schools across the Front Range last month. The measure, which faces slim odds for passage because of Republican control of the U.S. Senate, […]

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Kendrick Castillo didn’t hesitate when a gunman burst into his high school classroom. “He went down as a hero.”

By Kathleen Foody, P. Solomon Banda and Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press HIGHLANDS RANCH — When a gunman burst into his high school classroom, Kendrick Castillo did not hesitate. The 18-year-old three days from graduation immediately charged, pinning the attacker to the wall before Castillo was fatally shot protecting classmates, witnesses said. As he charged, […]

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One student killed, eight more wounded in shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch allegedly committed by two peers

HIGHLANDS RANCH — One student was killed and eight more were wounded in a shooting Tuesday afternoon at STEM School Highlands Ranch allegedly committed by two of their peers, authorities say. Two shooters, one adult and one juvenile, entered the school just before 2 p.m. and “got deep inside the school and engaged students in […]